HOME REMEDIES FOR BLOCKED CROP TAKE TIME AND PATIENCE BUT OFTEN WORK IN THE END
QMy chicken has had a blocked crop for almost a week now. I’ve tried live yoghurt and the starvation method, but every morning she still has a full crop. She is still walking and will eat. How do I cure the blocked crop?
ABen says: The first thing to understand about the crop is that it is a simple sac with skeletal muscle to aid contraction and it has the sole purpose of food storage prior to it entering the digestive tract. It will stretch easily to accommodate large particles, but it has a relatively small hole upon its exit. You must ensure that your bird does not have access to large particles of food, such as grass, while having problems. Insoluble grass fibres from long, uncut lawns will soon have the potential to block the crop. While food continues to accumulate in the crop without being moved on, it will start to break down and soon yeasts and bacteria will start growing on the media.
Many of the home remedies take time and patience, but often work in the end. If your hen is becoming progressively worse, my advice would be to visit your nearest chicken friendly vet practice where they can perform surgery to remove the content of the crop. Although a simple procedure, it does come with inherent risks. Having said this, I have been successful several times and with good aftercare birds can make a full recovery.
The crop is a simple sac with skeletal muscle to aid contraction