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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 12:26 pm 
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Hello everyone. My sweet little hen, Hazel, has sour crop. We treated her for it earlier this week. We held her water for 12hrs and food for 24hrs. We oiled her, massaged her crop each evening and it had come back to normal. We gave her yogurt as a probiotic, she was quite well until yesterday. Her crop is swollen again and she is looking depressed and uncomfortable. Just wondering why it has come back again. We will massage her crop again. Does she need antibiotics?
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Susan.


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 Post subject: Re: Sour Crop treatment
PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 1:32 pm 
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Did you feed her lawn clippings ?? Thats a no no for a number of reasons.

Sour crop has two forms and the treatment for each form is different. You can tell which by smelling her breath. If it is yeasty bready smell then its a fungal form. That sometimes requires a fungicide called Nilstat which is available over the counter from pharmacists.

If its foul rotten meat smell then its bacterial and may need prescription antibiotics from a vet. Other the counter antibiotics are not going to fix it so dont try.

A chooky breath is normal.

However, vegetable oil and massaging usually fixes it. A blocked crop is not necessarily sour crop. Sour crop specifically is an infective process, either fungal or bacterial, as stated above.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 2:36 pm 
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Hi Mike, no! I never ever feed them lawn clippings. They free range around our yard and only eat the grass they pick at.
Her breath smells yeasty so I will head to the chemist today and get some nilstat.
Hopefully this will help the problem.
Thanks for your help!
Will let you know how we get on.


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 Post subject: Re: Sour Crop treatment
PostPosted: Sat Apr 18, 2015 8:01 pm 
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Hi Mike. I have the Nilstat. Just wondering how many drops we give her?


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Here is a post with a dose
viewtopic.php?f=5&t=8015828&p=596715&hilit=nilstat+dose#p596715

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 Post subject: Re: Sour Crop treatment
PostPosted: Sun Apr 19, 2015 8:14 pm 
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Thank you for the link. I had no idea how much to give her. I'm starting to worry. She doesn't seem to be getting any better. :-(


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 10:27 am 
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The medication will just kill the fungal infection. You still have to massage and break up the crop mass if she still has a blocked crop. However, there are occasions where the problem is not in the crop but further down the intestinal tract. A blockage or a tumour in the intestines and the nilstat is just treating one of the symptoms not the cause.

Might be time for a vet trip !

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 Post subject: Re: Sour Crop treatment
PostPosted: Tue Apr 21, 2015 1:23 am 
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Yes. Looks like a trip to the vet it will have to be. Although I don't have much faith in vets. They never seem to know what's wrong. They just treat what they think it could be.
But I don't think I have a choice at the moment.
Thanks so much for all your help.


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 Post subject: Re: Sour Crop treatment
PostPosted: Tue May 05, 2015 12:25 pm 
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Sorry for the late update. But it is good news. Our little Hazel is over her sour crop problem. The nilstat did its job. Thank you so very much for your help with her. This is the very best forum.
Susan. :th


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Just had one of my two hens become quiet and stop eating/drinking. She moved her head and neck from side to side in a stretching motion.she was like this for 48 hours with no change. I could hear a slight gurgling noise when I held her so took her to our local vet. He diagnosed sour crop and tipped her up, massaged her crop and up came two lots of smelly brown liquid for treatment yeast infection. He said to syringe water into her mouth for a few hours then leave her quietly with water. Within a half hour she was drinking water happily and the following morning I gave her Yakult with the syringe which she loved and live organic plain yoghurt mixed with some of her pellets. Really quick recovery - I think because the vet emptied her crop. Its now 72 hours ago and she seems full of beans again! And they both love the yoghurt mix!


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