Jun 12, 2014

Chicken Anatomy: The Crop, Impacted Crop & Sour Crop

Let’s take a look at the crop’s location, function and two common problems that can arise in the crop: sour crop and impacted crop.
The first time I felt a chicken’s crop, I was sure my hen had an abdominal tumor. I know I am not alone in the accidental discovery of a chicken’s crop because many of you have shared similar experiences with me. Let’s take a look at the crop’s location, function and several common problems that can arise in the crop: sour crop, impacted crop and pendulous crop.
Discovering a chicken's crop accidentally can be alarming if unexpected.
Chicken Crop problems & solutions
A chicken’s crop is simply located slightly to the side of its right breast muscle and serves as a small pocket where food is stored after it's swallowed.
When a chicken picks up food with its beak, the tongue pushes it to the back of the mouth into its esophagus. Think of the esophagus as a long water slide that extends from the mouth all the way down the neck, emptying into the crop. Food remains in the crop until it moves into the stomach (proventriculus). 
Anatomical model of chicken with crop highlighted
WHAT’S NORMAL AND WHAT’S NOT?
It’s good to know what a normal crop feels like in order to be able to identify a problem. To examine a chicken’s crop, pick it up with its tail facing you and beak facing away from you, (think: hug from behind/Heimlich maneuver) then reach around to the front of its breast, slightly to the right of center. If you can’t feel anything, either the crop is empty or you’re in the wrong spot- usually too high up on the neck.
Visibly full crop in hen.
A very full crop.
An empty crop stimulates a chicken’s appetite and a full crop is the signal to a bird to stop eating. The capacity of a normal crop is approximately 1.5 oz (45cc), so a chicken eats in small increments often throughout the day. After eating, the crop feels swollen and slightly firm, but shrinks as food is digested.
Chickens eat when their crop is empty
Whenever there is a question about whether the crop is emptying properly, eliminate feed and water after dark and check the crop first thing in the morning when it should feel empty. If it feels full or squishy in the morning, there is a problem.
Chicken crop problems: sour and impacted
Empty crop first thing in the morning.
NORMAL: the crop can’t be felt when it’s empty.
NORMAL: the crop feels swollen, full after having eaten.
NORMAL: the crop feels more swollen than usual, but swelling goes down overnight.
ABNORMAL: the crop feels hard and the swelling does not go down overnight. This could signal a crop impaction, which means food or other fibrous material such as straw is stuck in the crop.

IMPACTED CROP TREATMENT OPTIONS
According to veterinarian Dr. Julie Gauthier, “Mineral oil doesn’t help much to break up an impaction...granite grit is more helpful than anything else you can give...”

Dr. Mike Petrik, DVM, MSc recommends flushing the crop with water to loosen the impaction, which can be a little tricky for the average backyard chicken keeper. It is always best to consult a veterinarian for such a procedure. Ultimately surgery may be necessary to open the crop and remove the blockage manually. While it is possible to perform this procedure at home, it should only be attempted if a veterinarian is not available and death is the alternative.

ABNORMAL: crop feels squishy and the chicken’s breath smells bad or sour. Sour crop, also known as thrush, crop mycosis or a yeast infection caused by a fungus.

TREATMENT FOR SOUR CROP IN AN ADULT BIRD
The treatment I would use for sour crop is detailed in Gail Damerow’s The Chicken Health Handbook.
1) CLEAN and sanitize feeders and waterers
2) ISOLATE the bird in question
3) FLUSH THE CROP- Mix 1 teaspoon Epsom salts in ½ cup water. Pour or squirt down the bird’s throat twice a day for 2-3 days. (Be careful not to get the solution in the bird’s airway.)
Epsom salt for sour crop treatment
4) TREAT the FUNGUS
Add ½ teaspoon of copper sulfate (powdered bluestone) to one gallon of water and provide every other day as the only source of drinking water for five days, repeat monthly. Don’t use copper sulfate in metal waterers. 
copper sulfate for sour crop treatment
Pendulous crop is a much less common crop problem in backyard chickens. Information about the causes, prevention & treatment of pendulous crop can be found here.
Pendulous crop is a much less common crop problem in backyard chickens. Information about the causes, prevention & treatment of pendulous crop can be found here.

Sources and further reading:
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®

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    I had my first crop tumor scare last week haha glad I did more research on it

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  68. Cindy Thomas6/12/14, 10:50 AM

    Thank you for easy info.. my young girls crop is like that so its good to know its normal & watch for the signs if no change

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    Great information to know. My girls are 7 and 9 weeks old now and last night I checked all their crops to make sure everything felt normal.

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  105. Cute sign and good to know info about the crop.

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  106. Always informative. Thanks so much.

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    Interesting article! I didn't know what a crop was prior to reading this- thanks for the info!

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  108. Very well written, I will definitely be checking my girl's. Thank you very much.

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    Another awesome article! Thank you for all the knowledge you share!

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    Wow- I learn something new every day!

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    I have a naked neck rooster and it is real easy to tell if his crop is full! Beautiful sign - my concrete block coop could use some sprucing up!

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    this sign would add color to our chicken house. Thanks for giving us the opportunity to get it free.

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  122. Jennifer Bien6/12/14, 12:13 PM

    Great info just in time! I noticed yesterday my chicken's crop was large. First time so didn't know what it was. Thanks!

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  123. Kathy Musick6/12/14, 12:15 PM

    I just wanted to warn everyone that predators are very plentiful this year. On Monday this week I lost 5 of my 7 hens. I am very sad. I would like to get more but am hesitant to do so.

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  124. Good information, thank you. Catching the flock one at a time could be my challenge in doing the crop check.
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  125. Ranay Hendrickson6/12/14, 12:17 PM

    Oooh I would LOVE this!! I am done with school for the summer, i working on my prerequisites for nursing. Plus working full time, but I have the summer off. So I currently working on fixing up our coop. I am making a hanging sign for outside "The Chick-Inn". I'm excited to have some time to do it, this sign giveaway would be wonderful!!

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  126. I had no idea my chickens could get crop! Great information.

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    this is perfect for my coop

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  128. Lynette Siemens Johnson6/12/14, 12:21 PM

    SUCH a wealth of information!!

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  129. Melissa Wittner6/12/14, 12:22 PM

    Timely. I have a girl suffering now from pendulous crop because of her sour crop. She's always been chesty, and I admit I have been a little lax this spring. Poor girl.

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    Love your blog- need to research bleach in drinking water- any thoughts?

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    That sign is beautiful, the colors are so bright and pretty.

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    Great info! Love your posts! Thanks and blessings!

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    I would like to have this to decorate my new chicken digs

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  137. OMGosh... I dont know if my question gave you an idea or this was just good timing (more likely, lol), but thank you!

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    Lov Sarah's art. Please enter me.

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    I didn't know that the crop could get infected. Thanks for making me aware.

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    That sign is so adorable :)

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    This sign would rock my chickens yard

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    I just love these signs

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  145. Jeannie Palmer6/12/14, 12:50 PM

    Thank you for all the great information. :)

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  146. Thank you for all of the information. I want to be prepared for my future flock. Hopefully next spring I will begin my chick journey! The sign will look awesome on my chick coop!

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  147. Interesting info. Didn't know anything about the crop.

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  148. Oooo I really love this sign. This is great info. I have become some what of a crop "expert" after dealing with my Eleanor's pendulous crop. The crop bra I made her has been working wonderfully even after many months of wearing it.

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  149. Heidi Blake Knepp6/12/14, 12:56 PM

    So cute!

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  150. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling6/12/14, 1:00 PM

    Excellent information! Thank you!

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    Thanks Kathy....love the info...Love Sarahs art

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    Fun sign

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    ART! love chicken art.

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    A beautiful sign and lovely addition to any home.

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    LOVE Sarah's art! Would love to have this for my coop...

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    Great sign! Thanks for the giveaway opportunity as well as the excellent information.

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  158. I learn so much from your blog. Thank you! This sign would be wonderful at my front door!

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  159. I love metal signs. I have just started collecting signs and hanging them in my coop.

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  160. Would love the sign hanging in my coop

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  161. Wendy Glace Doss6/12/14, 1:52 PM

    Great info. Thanks. I have so much to learn. Sign would match my coop curtains.

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  162. Would love to have this for my coop!

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  163. Darlene Partlow6/12/14, 2:00 PM

    the sign would be great for the new coop :)

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    Thanks for the information, I like learning something new everyday. Beautiful sign.

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  165. Eva J Hargrave6/12/14, 2:01 PM

    I've never had a chicken with a full crop-knock on wood. I hope I never. Fingers crossed both for no swollen crops and for winning that cute sign.

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    I'd Love this tin! Sarah does some beautiful work! Also really like the info I find on this sight!

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  167. Kimberly Swenson6/12/14, 2:06 PM

    I was wondering what that squishy bulge was!! Thanks for the great info and pics..

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  168. Mari Miller6/12/14, 2:20 PM

    Informative article. I lost a chicken last year to an impacted crop. I tried mineral oil and I "vomited" her several times but I still lost her. Adorable sign.

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  169. Cady Smithline6/12/14, 2:33 PM

    Great article.

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  170. Michelle Schill Bennett6/12/14, 2:47 PM

    Love your blog! Thanks for all of the great info. I absolutely Love the beautiful Sunflower rooster welcome sign. Have a fabulous day :)

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  171. This sign would be a great addition to my coop decor!

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  172. Katie Krueger6/12/14, 2:50 PM

    That is such a cute Welcome sign!

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  173. Great info as always.

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  174. Alicia Newland6/12/14, 2:56 PM

    Great info, I always learn something new!

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  175. Carol Circosta6/12/14, 2:56 PM

    So much to learn about chickens love your blog

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  176. Awesome info, I hope I never have to deal with any of it but if I do, it is nice to have this site to be informed and prepared, thank you!! And I would love to have that sign for my coop:)

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  177. Nancy Lehmann Fisher6/12/14, 3:08 PM

    Nice info...I was just trying to learn about the crop from the internet the other day. This was very well timed for me! Thanks!

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  178. Tina Rollins6/12/14, 3:25 PM

    Love the sign.

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  179. Cute sign! Great information.

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    I love Sarah's work, I have one of her tins, would love another

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  182. Sharon's Chicken kitchen6/12/14, 3:35 PM

    I want this sign so bad! It will go good with my chicken kitchen and dining room!!!

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  183. Michelle Chun6/12/14, 3:36 PM

    Such great information. Thanks so much for the great giveaway as well.

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  184. Kathy Adler6/12/14, 3:49 PM

    That sign is beautiful and would look so nice on our old farmhouse

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  185. judie wright6/12/14, 3:50 PM

    Need this please! Have one of her lovely signs hanging on the coop door could use another one (or two or three)

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  186. Andrea Manfredo6/12/14, 3:56 PM

    Great article!

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  187. Kathy Grindley6/12/14, 3:56 PM

    Cute sign! I have just started with chickens this year, your page has been so helpful!! Love the updates on Rachel, I have a daughter named Rachel so this is a lot of fun!

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  188. Great info! Love the sign, too. :)

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  189. What a cool sign!! I would absolutely love to win this! And great post too! You are always teaching me something! Thanks! :)

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  190. babscorbitt6/12/14, 4:16 PM

    i am a happy follower via email. babscorbitt at gmail dot com

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  191. What a great looking sign from Sarah Chicken Art. I think the girls would like a Rooster in their coop.

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  192. Lori Scolari6/12/14, 4:18 PM

    I enjoyed the Crop info. Love the Tin sign also...

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  193. Kristine A Bridges6/12/14, 4:20 PM

    Thankfully we have had this happen to us. Love the sign good luck ladies !!!! I am sure It will look great where ever it goes!

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  194. babscorbitt6/12/14, 4:20 PM

    i really love your blog. i have learned so much about chickens in the short time i have been following. is the contest over for the chicken handbag? if so who won. babscorbitt at gmail dot com

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  195. I had the exact same experience with my chickens and ducks! I went out one day when they were young and I had just given them melon, and noticed a lump in the right breast. Turns out it was just the crop, but it gave me a good scare!

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  196. Thanks for the great info on the crop! The sign is gorgeous!

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