Well, Happy Easter folks!
My little rooster still has a full crop this morning. I fixated on it all night complete with disturbing dreams. Because that's the kind of dude I am. :-/
Anyway, I have him isolated in the brooder from the hens. It's his bachelor pad. His crop is definitely not "hard", and I can massage it and feel the gunk scoot around, but it IS still ****** big. It might be ever so marginally smaller than last night, but all the other birds were totally empty. (I had removed the feeder last night to see what was up.) He's behavior in his bachelor pad is not abnormal yet. So here's some questions:
1) He can't possibly starve with a full crop, right? (Well, specifically, IF food was moving through his crop to his gizzard, THEN he couldn't go hungry with a full crop.) So, unless he's blocked up, he's fine with water.
2) How long would it normally take for a crop to empty?
3) My plan now is to watch him for a bit. If his crop doesn't empty I have an eye dropper and some mineral oil which I've heard is a decent final effort. (I'm not slicing him open.) Is this a good idea.
Regardless I'll be going to get some chick grit this morning.
Thanks for your time and expertise.