To Crop Issues
Our sanctuary has welcomed a few new
guests and among them is little Neo. As soon as Neo came to
us, we recognized that he has a serious digestive issue. Neo
is underweight and very weak at the knees despite the way he
gorges down food.
When Neo eats, his crop fills up and
distends, and the food does not move at the proper rate down
into his gizzard. This is often referred to as "Crop
Symptoms of Crop issues include:
Distention of the crop, drooling, loss or changes in
appetite, lethargy, weight loss.
Sour Crop is when
there is a bacterial or yeast infection
in the crop. You can normally detect it by smelling your
duck or goose's breath.
A vet examination is urgently needed
when your duck or goose has a crop issue. They will commonly
x-ray to ensure the source truly is bacterial. They will
flush out the crop with sterile saline and then prescribe antibacterial
or antifungal medication. Additional flushes and a special crop diet will
be prescribed. Rehydration techniques may also be in order.
Blocked Crop is when a large stone,
object, mass of grass, parasites or tumor blocks the passage leading out of
the crop. It prevents food from properly leaving the crop
and moving on to the gizzard. Avoid letting your ducks and
geese forage on a freshly mown lawn as this is a common
After performing an x-ray and
confirming the crop is blocked, your vet will determine
whether the object is small enough to be flushed back up the
throat or whether surgery is required. A special crop diet
will be prescribed for before and after surgery. Sometimes a
pea-sized amount of cat hairball remedy (molasses) will
clear grass that is blocking the crop.
Slow Crop is when the crop functions
at a decelerated rate. This can be caused by illness (liver
& kidney disease, diabetes),
hardware disease or by lead/zinc poisoning.
Your vet will
perform an x-ray to
confirm your duck or goose has not swallowed a metal object
(hardware disease) as well as doing a comprehensive blood
panel (checking for potential illness) as well as drawing
extra blood to rule out possible lead or zinc poisoning.
Vets can sometimes remove a metal
object, depending on its location, via surgery. Endoscopic
procedures are recommended.
If the bird shows positive for
lead/zinc poisoning with no metal object showing up on the
x-ray then the object has already passed through their body.
A chelating agent will often be prescribed to bind and flush
the remaining metals out of their body.
If all tests come back negative
then you've at least ruled out a worst-case scenarios.
Your vet may want to flush out the crop and check for
bacterial presence and/or prescribe a general antibiotic to
address any infections indicated by a high white blood cell
Pendulous Crop is a chronic
condition. It can be the result of genetics, neurological
issues, starving/gorging behaviors (a hazard faced by abandoned
waterfowl) or an improper waterfowl diet.
If a crop issue is not attended to
early enough the muscles surrounding the crop can become
stretched out and lose their effectiveness over time. This
leads to a permanent condition in which every time the bird
eats, the crop distends abnormally. Food will move to the
gizzard, but at an improper rate.
The only treatment for a pendulous
crop is a controlled diet. Teaching your duck to eat small
quantities in intervals rather than gorging is an excellent
part of this plan.
Sometimes a slow recovery can be
expected, other times partial recovery and in some cases the condition remains for the lifetime
of the bird.
While attending to crop issues, your vet will
give you dietary advice depending on which crop issue your
duck or goose is experiencing.
Dietary care often involves grinding
their grain into a mash utilizing a food processor and then feeding
small amounts at frequent intervals throughout the day. This
limits the amount of the food in the crop at any one time
and it allows the grain to move more freely into the
gizzard. Make sure clean water is available 24/7 and watch
for signs of dehydration. Be sure
your bird has ample access to grit or sand to help with
Depending on whether the condition
is temporary or chronic, this diet may need to be maintained
for the short term only, or for the rest of their lives.
If you would like your duck or goose
interval feeding, you can purchase auto feeders at
8 Day Auto Pet
Feeder: Item# 20008D $78.99 / Free Shipping!
Unlike other automated
feeders, this battery operated one can be programmed utilizing a
digital timer to set the time of day your duck
needs to be fed. This enables you to feed your
duck or goose up to 8 times a day! Their
website description even recommends the
dispenser for DUCKS! We love that!
Another great feature of
this product is it allows you to program your
own personalized voice message that alerts your
duck or goose each time a door pops open. This means that even when
you are not
in their pen, they will be associating good things with
the sound of your voice!
for further information about this wonderful product, and when ordering please let
them know that Majestic sent you!
Auto Pet Feeder /
Outdoor Pet and Pond Feeder $170.99 / Free
The small size (Item#
2000PFS) measures 10" x 10" x 20" and is
recommended for dry, ground food or feed measuring
up to 3/8" in diameter
(the size of Mazuri food). It works with mash and the holding
capacity is 5 lbs.
power operated feeder is designed for indoor or
outdoor use. A pre-set quantity of food can be
released every hour for up to 8 hours. Pet
owners will be happy knowing that the right
amount of food is being released at just the
America's Pet Store
contacted us immediately after we placed our
order with them and graciously donated this
automatic feeder to help us care for Neo. We are
absolutely thrilled with this amazing product!
program Neo's food to come
out every 2 hours. Neo automatically gets a small
serving of ground Mazuri food at even intervals for 16 hours. Not only is this instrumental in
helping his crop to properly process food, but
it is also teaching him to space out his
feedings rather than gorging. It teaches him
that his next meals will be regularly and
reliably forthcoming, which is helping him to
recover from his starvation anxiety.
for further information about this fantastic
product, and when ordering please let them know
that Majestic sent you!
Majestic sends a sincere
and resounding thank you to America's Pet
for donating Neo's feeder to our sanctuary,
which will help him tremendously in his
NMVH for Quality Vet Care!
Any ducks or geese in need of
medical care are normally seen by Dr. Otka at
Noank-Mystic Vet Hospital within 24 hours of coming
into our sanctuary, or at the onset of any symptoms or
We would like to thank our friends
at NMVH for always rolling out the red carpet
for our flock and squeezing us in between your other
patients. We know this is not easy to manage, and we thank
the entire staff for being such a breath of fresh air. You
provide care and treatment for these beautiful animals when
so many others turned their back on them.
Majestic's New Grain Supplier!
At last! Majestic has
finally found a Mazuri supplier worthy of our
sanctuary! We are thrilled to have formed a new
association with A.S. Labieniec, Inc. out of
LABIENIEC has changed ownership and is no longer
our feed supplier as of June 17, 2015!
Supplier for current information!
When our former grain
supplier failed to keep his supply house stocked
with Mazuri feed and left our animals high and
dry, and then attempted to force us to purchase
some of his year-old bags of his mis-ordered
grain, we turned our backs and walked out the
Our sanctuary has grown
from spending $200 a year on grain to purchasing
near $2000 a year (your donations hard at
work!). We simply could not deal with a supplier
who could not meet our needs anymore.
Carleen at Labieniec calls
our sanctuary every couple weeks to get a bag
count and take our order. She always keeps a few
extra bags on hand in their store in case of
emergency and to sell to other families. She is
even willing to break open bags and sell Mazuri
grain by the pound to those families with only
one or two ducks--to ensure they are getting
fresh food for their feathered friends.
If you are a CT resident or
live within driving distance, we highly
recommend this new source of Mazuri Waterfowl
Maintenance feed for non-laying ducks and geese,
Mazuri Waterfowl Breeder for laying birds and
Mazuri Waterfowl Starter for ducklings and