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Small chick that is not growing like its mates- possible impacted crop?

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Hi-

In the foreground is our two week old chick "Chaps".  Chaps is a lot smaller than her chick mates about half the size.  She has been eating but is a bit more tired than the others.  Several days ago I notices a small knot in her crop.  I have also noticed her running around with a piece of pine shred like it is a trophy trying to eat it like she is hungry.  In this photo I just gave her some of her milled chick food with water - she gorged herself and now her crop is soft. The next day her crop went down but not empty and still hard a small amount of harness to it. Any thoughts from anyone on what to do.  She seems to be drinking fine and her waste is softish but normal colored.  I though maybe she had a parasite ( to account for her remaining so small) so I got her stool tested which came out fine.  Any thoughts on what I should do? I am now suspecting she has a compacted crop but I am not sure.  She was born April 16th. Any help would be appreciated we are brand new to raising chickens.

Thanks

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Do they have full time access to feed?  Chicks will peck at and try to eat almost anything, but if they have enough feed they generally stop eating inedible stuff.

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Yes there is always water and food!
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