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August Abbott, CAS, Certified Avian Specialist
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My chicken is lethargic and really thin upon palpation of

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My chicken is lethargic and really thin upon palpation of her breastbone. Her crop seems large and hasn't gone down on size since last night it is also warm to the touch. She is open mouth breathing. I gave her water droplets from a syringe.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 1 year ago.

Sorry to hear about your chicken's troubles. How old is she and how long has she had this problem? Over wha time period has she lost weight and has she ever had an enlarged crop before?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She is 6 months. Been lerhargic since yesterday afternoon, no enlarged crop before. Not sure about the weight loss maybe a few days...
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There is swelling at the top of her leg where her feathers end
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 1 year ago.

The list of potential disease that cause crip stasis is quite long, maybe I can narrow it down. is she in a flock? does she free roam or is she confined to a pen? what do you feed her?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
She has organic layered feed, oyster shell with grit. 3 chickens total. Pen and free range, no grass.
Expert:  Dr. Ellie replied 1 year ago.

The reasons that a young chicken can have a crop impaction include Marek's disease, foreign body obstruction, fungal or bacterial infection or lead toxicity. Either way, the best thing to do is to clean out the crop because food sitting there will rot and make things worse. This is best done by a vet unless you have experience passing tube and irrigating a crop. have you done this before?