Crop bloating and fills with air

by Sangita

I am a breeder and I have notices crop bloating on my baby chicks. I wait till its empty but still it fills with air. Is there any home remedy that can be usefull. I lost 2 pineapple babies due to this. Hand raised them since the second day and they died the 3rd week of the there life. Please help.

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Dec 14, 2012
feeding and bloating, what worked for me.
by: Bikinimechanic

Ive read your suggestions and so far none are even close to what worked for me and my "Peeps". Thats my pet pigeon. I kinda got slammed into the role of Mother pigeon and was totally ignorant on how and what to feed a newborn baby BIRD. After finding out how the parent feeds them by opening her mouth and letting the baby feed from her gullet I came up with the perfect feeder. Believe it or not a latex glove and a plastic tampon applicator tube. I cut the tube to about 1/2 an inch in length and stuck it in a finger of the glove. Then I mixed up some instant mashed potatoes with a little chicken broth and a couple crushed up saltines, and made sure that it wasnt runny or too thick and filled the glove and sealed the opening with a rubber band. And The finger with the tube pushed to the tip I cut a small slice in and that became the perfect replica of the mothers gullet or crop as you might call it. I have a oil filled radiator type heater that doesnt burn things when touched or leaned on and i would set the glove on that for about ten minutes and wella, feeding time. As my bird started growing ever so fastly, I started grinding up pigeon seed in my coffe grinder and adding that to his potato and cracker blend. And after about three to four weeks, Peeps now eats on his own. He was a newborn when I got him. I never had any problems with him bloating or being undernourished. On a few occaisions I ground up some chicken and chicken skin and added that but not too many times. I also added peas and ground up spagetti noodles,(dried not cooked) and some uncooked wild rice. He loved it. the spagetti ground up perfect in a coffee grinder but i didnt want to over do it on the noodles or rice cause i know how much they expand in the belly. Im not sure if what i fed him was reccommendable by a vet but it all worked perfect for him and me.We never had a problem with air in his sack at all.

Aug 24, 2011
Issue could be resolved...
by: NLAHPA- John

I have homing pigeons and the first baby is being raised by me just so it can be a "show" bird. Its inside and currently 4 weeks.
His crop enlarged with air, I massaged it and burped him, which helped.
It might be the temperature of the baby bird formula.
Even if you think the bird can't handle the heat, feed it slowly. Time for the chick to adjust.
Even squeezing the crop (Slowly) would help. It might burp up some food, its ok to swallow.

Hope this helped.
NLAHPA, Los Angeles, CA

Jun 17, 2011
Crops on babies filling with air
by: The Avian Vet

It is not an issue with the amount of air. Birds swallow air when they are stressed, in pain, have infections, when they are being under fed, and sometimes is related to poor nutrition.

Dr B

Jun 17, 2011
Could it be...
by: Anonymous

Could be the brooder not getting enough air, so they inhale more then enough air. I have noticed that when they are with the parents then they don't have this issue but as soon as I bring them in the brooder then this problem starts to occur.

I having a lot trouble on this too. Please anyone that can would or can help be much appreciated.


Jan 14, 2011
Crop bloating
by: The Avian Vet

This is a complicated problem and I would need to discuss this via phone. If you would like to make a phone consultation appointment, please let me know. I have more than 30 years experience hand feeding babies and I feel I can help you, but I would need to know more about the history and your operation and techniques before I can make any recommendation. You will need to have these babies seen and any birds that die necropsied too, and those results are going to help me help you.

Contact Tracie, using the contact form on this website, if you wish to make an appointment.

Dr B

Jan 12, 2011
Crop bloating and fills with air
by: Linda

This is something an Avian Vet will have to look into. If it was an isolated situation, then I'd say it was just that, but this sounds more like an infection which is common with baby birds and if left untreated, babies will die. If there is some kind of either bacterial or viral infection present here, all your babies will die from it as the parents may be carriers which makes it sound like a viral infection.

There are NO home remedies anyone can recommend because no one, including us, knows what is causing this problem. Until birds are examined, diagnosed and treated by a licensed, trained Avian Vet, you will continue to lose your babies, so my suggestion is get the babies AND the parents in to be examined by an avian vet as soon as is possible.

In the meantime, there could also be a toxin present here causing babies to be poisoned. Are you feeding a high quality powdered baby parrot handfeeding formula? If not, this is the only correct food to feed baby birds, and it has to be fed with either a small spoon bent up to resemble a funnel or with a syringe. Food also has to be heated enough so crop can digest it. Cold food or room temperature baby food will get rancid in the crop causing large amounts of gas, sickness and death.

There is a link on this page for help in finding an Avian Vet if you need it. If you are a bird breeder, the first thing on the list of necessary items is an Avian Vet because birds get sick and babies are especially vulnerable to any and every kind of infection.


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