Calling all vets............
Hey CD3.....I may have asked this of you before, so please forgive my bad memory.
I had a chicken awhile back that got such a pendulous crop, that there was really nothing left to do, short of a reduction, which I chose not to have done. She eventually died.
I have another one now who's headed in the same direction......although I think I've caught it sooner.
I've tried to put soda bicarb and water down her throat, and then massage her crop, and lean her over, but nothing comes out. (with the other chicken, tons of stuff would come out). Its not impacted, because its so soft and squishy. but there's no sour smell to it either.
I think I tend to give my birds too much scratch. :(
I gave them several apples the night before I noticed her in the corner of the coop, puffed up.
I know it might be bacterial, or fungal. Since I have Baytril, I started that. I'm also giving her yogurt, and just a little bread drenched with olive oil....but she doesn't have much of an appetite.
I've heard of a few people surgically opening up the crop themselves, and cleaning it out. I suppose I could try that, with my husband's help. I just don't want to wait very long, since it seems once those crops get stretched out, the neuro connection gets broken, and they start eating anything and everything in site.......even though it just stays in their crop.
Please don't be mad if I've chosen not to take her to an Avian specialist. When I first got my chickens, I began spending hundreds of dollars to take them there, and I just can't do that anymore. I try as best I can to do what I can, and keep them comfortable.
(Anyone else who knows chickens, please feel free to offer any advice).