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All of the chicken in my coop have a large lump on their breast. And all I can find on the Internet is information about the chickens crop. Is it normal for all of my chickens to have a swollen crop?!?
How do I help them?!?
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Crops should vary in size based on the time of day and how much your birds are eating. Try checking them late at night or early in the morning, before they eat. Crops should be empty or nearly empty by then. The crop is on the right side of the breast, just above the keel, and below the base of the neck.

 

There are crop disorders like Sour Crop, Impacted Crop, or Pendulous Crop which can occur, but the chances of these issues occurring in all your birds simultaneously are pretty astronomical, unless something is seriously wrong with their feeding habits.

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x2 on @QueenMisha's comments. Crops are pretty empty in the morning and at the end of the day they should be full.

 

@TwoCrows has written a very informative article on crops...what they are, what they do, etc. It's in the Learning Center:

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/impacted-slow-and-sour-crops-prevention-and-treatments

 

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@QueenMisha  and  @NorthFLChick  have given you the information you need to learn about the crops.

 

If they are all eating and acting normally, IMO it would be quite unusual for all of a flock to have crop issues simultaneously.  Hope there is no real problem.

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