Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Impacted Crop

Our little baby black chick had a swollen crop, larger then his head.  We could see through the skin right to the corn pieces in the crop.  We were so worried about the little bird that we did not bother to take any photos, though that would have been interesting if we did.  We read in the book Laddie about a goose popping open from eating too much, so we were all worried, because this little chicks crop did look like it might pop open.  Poor little Hugs was besides herself in tears, but  Tumbelina did a great job comforting her, and getting her mind off of it and work on a puzzle.

We read up on impacted crops in chickens and how it is often solved with surgery.  We read in detail on how to do the surgery, and were getting mentally ready to try such extreme measures.  Then we looked down at the cute little black chick, he was running around feeling great and pooping allot.  Chickens with impacted crop starve to death because the food does not get past the crop to their belly.  Obviously this little chick was doing fine if he could poop.  Thankfully we decided to wait and watch him to see how he did.  The next day the chicks crop was allot smaller and the chick was still doing fine.  The little guy just ate too much. 

The kids are so relieved and happy that the chick is doing fine.

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