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Crop Impaction, Crop Binding
Impacted Crop Overview
An impacted crop is a serious condition in chickens in which there is a blockage preventing food from moving past the crop. There are two main reasons for this to occur, either there is a foreign body blocking the passage of food such as string/plastic or long grass or it can develop due to a problem with the muscular contractions which is not able to move the food through the bird's digestive system. This has been known to occur in chicken's with Marek's disease.
When treatment is delayed, the condition rapidly deteriorates as a result of fermentation of the contaminated material within the crop. Death can occur within 2-3 days from heart failure as a result of toxemia, dehydration and starvation.