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Chicken apparently not going to bed with a full crop

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I noticed that two of my chickens (the ones that are laying) are going to bed with very full crops (When I saw how full they were last night, I was almost afraid that they wouldn't be down in the morning - they were). The other one's (who hasn't laid an egg yet) crop usually never feels full (some days, I don't feel it at all). She does however, feel plump and not skinny. Is this something to be concerned about? And if not, could it be due to the difference in maturity levels (laying vs not laying)? Thanks

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Hen not in lay has less need for feed. Intake regulated down so as to keep her from getting too heavy.

Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

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Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it.

 

 

Reminder to self: August 2021 Check Post #15852 in Show Off Your American Gamefowl

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That makes sense.  I thought that might be the case after being told (by someone else) that going to bed with a full crop was necessary for egg production. 


Edited by SusanD - 10/24/15 at 5:01pm
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