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sick girls Help!

Posted: 25 Mar 2013, 21:46
by kathygean
Hi everyone. I'm in California, and have been having issues with my girls getting sick and dying no matter what I do. It resembles something I've read about called "sour craw"? What the heck causes this? It is only one chicken at a time with months in between events. I've changed the water dishes, chop the grass I feed them into small pieces, give them all sorts of yummies from my garden, cook them oatmeal for a treat and generally spoil them rotten. Is there a chance that they are contracting salmonella from the snails I pick for them? They LOVE them but if it makes them sick I'll stop. Recently I had a hen get very listless, not really eating, light as a feather and not drinking. I thought she was a goner. I made her some oatmeal which she actually ate and did that every day for week. She actually made it so I don't think it was the same thing as the other hens caught or she'd be dead by now. Any ideas? The sour craw hens would get a bloated craw and you could push out a sulpher smelling liquid. Disgusting. Have no idea how to stop it.

Re: sick girls Help!

Posted: 26 Mar 2013, 08:17
by Henwife
Google Sour Crop, which is what it's known as in the UK. Stop giving them anything but poultry mash or pellets for a month or so - and I include chopped grass in this. Let them pick up whatever they find, but leave them to work for it. Everybody has a pet way of dealing with this - mine is to upend the bird to empty out the liquid and dose with bicarbonate of soda in their water. Most recover. A bird that 'goes light' gets culled as it's usually incurable.

Re: sick girls Help!

Posted: 26 Mar 2013, 13:38
by laffinfowl
You can do a search on sour crop on here,theres plenty of info and then decide which method suits you best,maybe the soil your birds are on is contributing to the problem,they need a good supply of grit to be able to digest their food,long stemmy grass is a major contributor to the problem too.