Method For Clearing Impacted Crops
Nan Huffman, Wildwood, IL, USA
have a hen that gets an impacted crop every so often (3 times
now in less than a year). The first time (mass was huge) resulted
in my vet physically cutting & removing the mass after trying
several internet/book remedies over a week's time, none of which
worked. The second and third times (I caught impaction before
the mass got as large as the first), I tried out some other methods,
and the following has worked in clearing the blockage. Here are
the steps I now follow, and I hope this will possibly help others.
Giving oil to the chook did not help my situation at all (this
is a common remedy):
- cage the
chook; no food for 24 hours.
only water with baking soda (got this from a wild rice recipe,
where adding baking soda will soften the rice, and tried it
in hopes it would soften the hay/grass in her crop).
- DO NOT
massage the mass together. This was an error I did the first
time. Massage the mass to break apart (which it won't do very
easily). You want liquid to penetrate the mass; do not squeeze
the water out of the mass.
- eye drop
wine into chook several times a day to help with the sour crop
that usually results from impacted crop. If she belches smell,
give her wine. One or two tablespoons each time should do it.
- feed chook
soft, almost runny, non-sticky food (avoid oatmeal, it is sticky)
during the treatment, day 2 & forward until impaction is
100% gone. Some examples: yogurt mixed with soft crumble with
a splash of wine, or bread soaked in wine & water. I fed
2x/day, < 1 cup of material per feeding. This was mostly
to help chook get nutrition and not really to resolve impaction,
nor to add to impaction.
- Two times
a day, externally massage impacted mass into one small piece
(gumball sized), and actually force it into her gut (find the
"V" in her chest), and hold the small piece in place
until her gut accepts it. This is NOT the entire mass, but only
a small piece of the mass. Must hold small piece in place for
a minute or so (keep your finger in the "V), or her gut
will expel it back into the crop. Repeat this a couple times
a day over several days until mass in crop is gone. For the
past two impactions, it has taken 3 days for one mass, and 7
days for a second larger mass.
- make sure
chook is pooping along the way. You will see fibers in nice
big poos if the mass is getting processed. If poos are small
without fiber content, you are not getting any of the mass down
into the stomach.
- if you
find a chook susceptible to getting an impacted crop, check
them often; the quicker you catch it, the quicker you will be
able to resolve.