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Was just palying with the babies and wondered why one of the babies crops looked bigger. Its got air in it !! Do i massage it out? What do i do?
 

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I had to do this once with a small chick. I just massaged it out gently. I started very softly at the bottom/base of the bubble of air and just moved my finger in circular motions as I slowly moved upwards. You can actually feel the air release. Just be gentle and calm.
 

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OK this is very strange, im worried. She breathes fills it up and then the crop goes flat. Fills up again then goes down. What could this be?
 

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Hmmm.. well mine had air in the crop from feeding. Not while just breathing.. this might be something for an expert. Hopefully one will be along shortly! :)
 

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I can actually see her opening her beak when she fills the crop with air. First time ive seen this, they are due to be feed in an hour but i dont want to feed her with air in the crop.
 

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I just PMed Srtiels.. we'll see if she can help.
 

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Thanks! Ive been googling, seems quite a few posts on it but all different answers. One says shes hungry and fill up with food, another says peptobismol and applesauce. She seems to be taking in air filling her crop then expelling it. She was fine when i fed her 5 hours ago, i didnt notice air in there.
 

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Well Srtiels is usually not offline too long, so hopefully she can answer you. I'm not finding much either for this specific sounding problem.
 

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Its really weird, i just checked on her and she was sitting with her crop full of air then she stretched her neck out, beaked her sibling and the air was released, relaxes and the crop fills again. Maybe if i feed her when theres no air it will stop it?
 

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Honestly.. I would really wait to see what Srteils thinks if you can. Don't starve the little guy though.. but see if you can hold off feeding the baby till we get her input.
 

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Can we see a picture?
 

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Its their feeding time so she is hungry, i just thought the food might prevent the air filling up. I will hold off a bit.
 

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Well air or not, the baby will need food..my concern is are you overfilling it? I don't know much about crop problems but maybe it is overstretched?
 

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Well if you want to go ahead and feed her.. do the massage and work out the air before you give her the syringe and see how she does. And yes, try to take some pics.
 

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My question would be.. if air is getting in and out that easily (and it shouldn't be).. does this make aspiration a higher risk?
 

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Could it have a punctured crop?
 

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This is what I'm wondering. I'm thinking of us as humans.. we have our epiglottis that flops back and forth to allow air down one tube and food down the other. If air is going in the wrong place.. is it possible for food to go wrong too? I really have no clue and am just throwing things out here. If she has a puncture, it would seem to make sense that it would be near the top of her crop right?
 
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