This morning, when I went out to the coop, I knew instantly that something was wrong. One of our girls was hunched forward over by the waterer, her lids half-closed. I went about my chores, changing the water and giving her plenty of room – secretly hoping that she was just dozing in that zen-state chickens sometimes adopt in the latest hours of the night.
Sadly, not the case.
By the time I scooped her up, I had begun to worry that it was impacted crop. She had some watery droppings on her tail feathers, and she showed no interest at all in the morning scratch. My worst fears were realized when I discovered a knot the size of a tennis ball in her crop.
I’ve brought her inside, dosed her with a mixture of Greek yogurt and olive oil and am giving her regular massages. It seems to be loosening up, and she slowly appears to be getting a bit more lively. Meanwhile, she’s been visited by every animal in the house. We’re all just hoping she gets well soon!