How do you treat sour crop in chickens?

You can try massaging the crop from the bottom to the top to try and break up the food and encourage movement. Then give her olive or coconut oil three times a day using a medicine dropper. If there seems to be no movement after 24-36 hours you should take her to the veterinary for surgery.

What are the symptoms of sour crop in chickens?

Symptoms. The crop feels like a balloon which has filled with water. Gentle pressure applied to the crop when picking the hen up may cause fluid to spill out from her beak. Classic sour crop has a foul smell and the fluid which is voided is often brown, although this is not always the case.

What do you feed chickens recovering from sour crop?

Feed her some layer pellets mixed with water or a hard-boiled egg yolk with water or applesauce which are easy to digest. Don’t feed too much at once. She’s going to be hungry and will fill her crop if she can, you don’t want her to fill her crop until you know it’s working well.

How long does it take for a chicken to recover from sour crop?

If she is on a water only diet it is a maximum of 48 hours. That’s the longest we’ve treated them for and it is usually just 24 hours.

How do you empty a bird’s crop?

Treatment consists of emptying the crop using a crop needle, flushing with sterile saline and giving appropriate antibiotic or anti-fungal medication. Dehydration is corrected by giving fluids, and the bird is kept warm. Feeding is resumed with a more watery formula to allow gut activity to resume.

What is the difference between sour crop and impacted crop?

Impacted crop/sour crop

If the crop is full and hard and lumpy and the chicken has been drinking lots of water and it smells like sauerkraut, you likely have an impacted crop that has developed a yeast infection.

How do you drain sour crop?

Impacted crop can be treated by lubricating the crop/digestive tract with vegetable oil in an eyedropper through the mouth and massaging the crop to try and break up the blockage, or in extreme cases actually slitting the crop open with a scalpel and removing the blockage.

How do I clear an impacted crop?

Add a little bit of water and make sure the coughing reflex is not triggered. After verifying that the bird is breathing normally, add the rest of the water. Massage the crop gently for 3 minutes. The process may have to be repeated several times for a couple of days.

Is apple cider vinegar good for sour crop?

To prevent sour crop, consider offering apple cider vinegar. The natural beneficial bacteria will help establish and continue healthy gut flora, and might help your hen fight off any potential Candida albicans infections.

How do you make garlic water for chickens with sour crops?

How to Treat Sour Crop or an Impacted Crop

  1. Make sure that the cage or enclosure is clean and free of bedding.
  2. Sanitize a water dish and give the sick bird clean water with probiotics or apple cider vinegar (with the ‘mother’) and some crushed garlic or garlic powder mixed in.

How do you check a chickens crop?

Checking a Chicken’s Crop

What do I do if my chicken has an impacted crop?


  1. Isolate your hen from food sources.
  2. Allow access to water.
  3. Dose with 10ml olive oil or vegetable oil (trickle it slowly into the side of the beak).
  4. Wait for 10 minutes then massage the crop and try to break down the blockage.
  5. Repeat twice more every couple of hours.

Why is my chickens crop swollen?

An empty crop stimulates a chicken’s appetite and a full crop is the signal to a bird to stop eating. The capacity of a normal crop is approximately 1.5 oz (45cc), so a chicken eats in small increments often throughout the day. After eating, the crop feels swollen and slightly firm, but shrinks as food is digested.

How do you know when a crop is full?

The most obvious sign is a full crop, but there are several other signs you may notice such as:

  1. Crop full for an extended period of time (over 24 hours)
  2. General ill appearance.
  3. Lack of appetite.
  4. Frequent regurgitation or vomiting.
  5. Inactivity.
  6. Dehydration.
  7. Fluffing up.
  8. Diarrhea.

What foods cause sour crop?

Another reason why sour crop occurs is when there is food or other items that remain stuck in the crop. Food such as long and stringy grass or too much bread and pasta might be hard to digest. These will get stuck in the crop and trigger yeast growth. Similarly, other household items can also cause this problem.

How do you clear a blocked chicken crop?

How to Clear an Impacted Crop

Does olive oil Help sour crop?

1. Syringe some warmed olive oil into the side of the beak and massage the crop gently to attempt to loosen the blockage. Do this three or four times a day. If successful the blockage will have been loosened enough to be digested in the normal way.

What causes runny poop in chickens?

All chickens have a combination of good and bad bacteria in their intestines, if the balance is disturbed there can be an overgrowth of harmful bacteria. Diarrhoea in hot weather. Hens tend to drink a lot more in hot weather to help them cool down and as a result may develop diarrhoea.

What is pendulous crop?

Pendulous, or spastic crop as it is often known, occurs when the crop muscle becomes stretched and the crop will fill to a massive size (Figure 1). Hens usually cope with this condition fairly well, but it can in some cases lead to sour crop.