Pigeon with a torn crop

Posted by Jon in Wild Birds on Wednesday 12/03/2008 18:04 UTC.

pigeon_crop_smallThis handsome guy came to us with a ruptured crop.

The crop is like a first stomach for a seed eating bird, it is at the front in the breast are just below the neck. This condition can be caused by a pigeon overeating and causing strain on the crop. If not treated straight away, the bird will die of thirst or starvation as food and water simply poor out of the tear.
After a 30 minute operation at our local vets to clean and stitch his crop back together, this lucky boy came around. This little pigeon is very lucky, not many people would spend £150 to save his life.
 
Thanks to Fran the Vet at Lawrences for persevering with us and carrying out an operation he has never carried out before.
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