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 Post subject: Chick with impacted crop
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 8:34 am 
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Showy Hen
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I also have a sick youngster at the moment. 7 weeks and quite a large and spongy crop. I locked her up yesterday with only water to see if it will empty :-(

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 Post subject: Re: Sick Baby
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:21 am 
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Is her crop emptying overnight? Chicks often pig out and their crops appear enormous


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 Post subject: Re: Sick Baby
PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:26 pm 
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No unfortunately. This morning it was still large and spongy after locking here separate overnight.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 1:23 pm 
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Can you please give us a little more information about your chick? It is much easier for us to try to help if we know more. In particular, please be very clear about the diet of your chick and also about other symptoms.
It would be best to fill out THIS CHECKLIST. Also provide some photos, if possible.

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:04 pm 
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BASIC CHECK LIST FOR THE SICK BIRD
Please answer these brief questions below, so we can help you as soon as possible.

Age: 7 weeks
Breed: hybrid
Sex: F

Your Location- country, state (different areas/climates have different problems)
ANSWER: SA

What is wrong? What symptoms have you noted? - As much detail as possible please.
ANSWER: I noticed a swollen crop on one youngster. It's very loose and soft.

What are you feeding? - Please list everything you're feeding to your birds, including type of basic feed, free ranging, scraps, extras, etc. If possible give approximate percentages.
ANSWER:
They have free range access but the young ones rarely leave the coop and are living on lauke pullet grower.

Full droppings description.- colour, consistency, frequency, offensive smell.
ANSWER: unknown

Respiratory Changes?- eg. breathing sounds, discharge, laboured breathing, facial swelling
ANSWER: normal

Digestive Changes?- eg. eating, drinking, crop filling & emptying
ANSWER: normal

Condition Changes?- eg. Weight, comb/wattle colour, skin, feathering
ANSWER: normal

Behavioural Changes?- inc. socialising, laying, crowing, broodiness
ANSWER: normsl

Agility Changes? - eg. any lameness, favouring, energy levels
ANSWER: appears as healthy as the test excluding the physical appearance of the crop

Describe your usual worming routine and products. [If none, say so and skip the next 3 worming questions.] Do you have a cycle that you use eg. every 3 months, or every six months?
ANSWER: have not wormed the 15 X 7week olds

1. When was the bird last wormed??- approximate date.
ANSWER:

2. What product was used to worm the bird, and how was it given? ? eg. in the drinking water, on the skin, by injection?
ANSWER:

3. Was a follow up dose given? (eg. 10-14 days later)
ANSWER:

Any other recent medications?- antibiotics, coccidiosis meds, herbal remedies, etc
ANSWER: none

Other changes? – additions to the flock, diet, housing, extreme weather
ANSWER: introduced the younger birds to the rest of the flock at 3 weeks.

Photos? – any relevant photos are very helpful
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:07 pm 
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:41 pm 
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I wouldn't be too concerned at the moment. But I'd watch it and give it some gentle crop massage. Is it possible that it has had access to long blades of grass or anything long that could have blocked the passage of the crop? I'd also keep it separate, without any food, only water to drink to give the full crop time to empty. Try this and the massage for one day and then go from there. Make sure it won't be able to eat anything else (no normal feed, grass, dirt, shavings, etc.).

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PostPosted: Wed Dec 21, 2016 5:52 pm 
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I'll give it another go. Thanks!

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