Cider vinegar will help with sour crop
QI have a chicken with longstanding sour crop and I have been told that I can massage and empty it. I’m not sure how to do this, though. Is it possible?
VICTORIA ROBERTS SAYS:
I have heard that some people hold an affected chicken upside down to empty the contents of the crop. This can be fatal since the trachea in hens does not have an epiglottis, so there is an open air tube into which crop contents can be breathed with a hen in that position. Inhalational pneumonia is usually a killer, so please do not do this. If you are using cider vinegar, the crop should not get sour in the first place, but the dose rate for curing sour crop has to be acid enough to kill off the yeasts causing the sourness, but not so acid that it upsets the hen(s)’ intestines. If you use a high dose rate of 100ml:500ml this should do it, but keep an eye on the health and dropping consistency as well. Using cider vinegar one week a month at the lower dose rate of 50ml:500ml should prevent further crop problems. The affected crop can get rather saggy. This is because the smooth muscle in the crop (not under conscious control) gets overstretched and can benefit from a ‘crop bra’ being temporarily put on the affected chicken to allow the smooth muscle to recover its elasticity. Vetrap bandage works well if it is not put on too tightly.
If a chicken owner uses cider vinegar the crop should not get sour