Chicken with an impacted crop

My daily walk to the chicken pen turned out more eventful then usual today. Punker was laying on the ground looking mostly dead. I brought her into the house and we set up a re-cooperation pen for her. While looking her over I felt a very hard bulge at the base of her neck. I got some electrolyte water and have been feeding her with an eye dropper every couple of hours. She can hold her head up now but I haven’t noticed any improvement in the bulge at her throat.

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8 Responses to Chicken with an impacted crop

  1. Ann says:

    The lady who lived in our house before kept her chickens as pets. When they had a problem, she’d call a taxi, dispatch the chicken off with the driver, and send the chicken to the vets. Strange, I know…

    The sad thing is that I could see myself taking a chicken to the vets. (It must be something in the water here).

    I hope Punker is doing better with the TLC you’re providing. I found this:
    http://www.poultryhelp.com/impactedcrop.html

    Mineral oil is supposed to help – have you tried that?

    • robin says:

      That is the funniest story ever!

      I was at the vet once with my dog and somebody brought in a chicken with one leg. I guess a goat had stepped on the chickens leg and then it swelled up and fell off. The vets were all looking at each other with a “um…what are we supposed to do with a one legged chicken” expression. It was weirdly funny.

      We can’t really justify the cost of a vet for a couple dollar chicken. A $45 dollar vet visit is a lot of money in eggs. If it is a pet on the other hand then I can see bringing it in.

      I saw the thing about oil last night but I got worried about killing it if I did it wrong. With our bad lighting I was going to wait until the next morning so I could see better. Now I don’t even think it was a impacted crop so it wouldn’t have mattered after all. :(

  2. ..sick chickens are not fun. We have a 3 day care schedule then if nothing improves we schedule a hatchet tornado..I hate seeing animals suffer.

  3. Benita says:

    Poor Punker. I do hope the obstruction goes away.

  4. Phoebe says:

    I didn’t want to say anything earlier, but my experience with the Polish were the same. They are not very hardy and died off in the most peculiar ways. The other chickens loved pecking their feathers off too. They are so fun and it’s sad they are not easier to raise.
    Massaging the crop might help. I have read about cutting the crop open and cleaning it out, but she sounds too weak for that.
    I hope Punker makes it. It’s not easy being a Punk.

    • robin says:

      I had no idea they weren’t hardy. I’m glad that we weren’t the only ones having problems with that breed. Please feel free to give us a heads up the next time you see us doing something stupid. :)

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