DISCLAIMER: ONLY USE THE AMOUNT OF COLLOIDAL SILVER RECOMMENDED IN THE ARTICLE BELOW. USING MORE MAY EFFECT YOUR CHICKENS IN NEGATIVE WAYS. USE ONLY ONCE PER DAY.
How I Treated My Chicken’s Sour Crop
Sour crop is a common ailment that affects all chickens, regardless of size, gender, and breed. Usually this disease is caused from a piece of food, whether that be grass, bread, or something else, not being sent into the chicken’s gizzard (stomach) but instead being left in the crop. The crop itself is like a temporary storage facility in which food is stored, waiting to be sent into the gizzard. That sending process typically happens at nighttime when chickens are asleep. What happens, however, if food is not sent into the gizzard is that a yeast infection sets in the crop. If left untreated, the toxic yeast associated with sour crop can kill a chicken.
So how do you treat sour crop? Well before we get into treatment, we need to know the signs of sour crop. Those are a big, squishy crop (you may hear liquids flowing around inside), as well as stinky breath when the crop is massaged (or not, sources disagree on this), and general weakness and lack of activity. When I treated my chicken’s sour crop, I first went with some more agreed upon methods, those being using apple cider vinegar (ACV for short), Garlic, and Yogurt. The apple cider vinegar and Garlic kill the yeast, while the Yogurt restores good probiotics. What I did was I chopped up one garlic clove and mixed it in with a small cup of unsweetened (sugar feeds yeast) Greek yogurt, and fed it to the affected chicken. I also (briefly) used a lasagna pan with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 1 gallon + of water and let the chickens drink from it. However after two days of that, there was little change. So on the third day of sour crop, I continued with the yogurt and garlic as I had done before, but, instead of using apple cider vinegar in a waterer, I took a small plastic spoon with 1/8 teaspoon of colloidal silver and let Spex, the afflicted chicken, drink it. The next morning the sour crop was gone and her crop was empty as it should be. Note that her crop now is a bit more empty than usual, but she is slowly regaining her weight that she lost. Cooking some scrambled eggs (doesn’t lead to egg-eating, in fact, it may actually stop egg-eating, but use other methods first) and feeding them to the chickens may help with that.
The silver method is superior to the more well-known red wine method for a variety of reasons. The first is that you won’t intoxicate the chicken with alcohol. The second is that colloidal silver tastes like water, which chickens will happily drink. This is very different from the taste of wine, which chickens probably won’t enjoy. Another reason is that silver lasts a long time, and you (assuming you’re an adult) wouldn’t have to drink a bottle of wine within a week.
For those of you whose chickens are ill with sour crop, I hope this method helps.