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post #1 of 6
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I noticed one of my chicken with a swelling it was a soft but big and i wonder if there is something wrong with them

I try to upload a picture of the chick but have no idea how to
post #2 of 6

Welcome to BYC!


A little more info will be helpful.

What do you mean by swollen?

Is the swelling on the front, back, rear end, etc.?

Are you by chance seeing/feeling the crop, where the food is stored? The crop will get quite large, it is located on the right side of the chicken in the front. The crop will fill (swell) when they eat and then go down as the food is digested. Some chickens eat a little bit more than others and their crop can be quite pronounced.


This article shows the anatomy of a chicken and a good photo of what a crop looks like:

post #3 of 6
Thread Starter 
Thank you I try to upload a picture but it didn't work out yet but what you telling me it looks like the crop
post #4 of 6

Yes it looks like her crop. It's quite large.

What type of foods/treats do you give?

Do you provide grit for her?

Have you observed whether or not it is empty in the morning? Normally a chicken will eat right before roosting at night and the crop will empty (pooping) overnight. The crop should be empty (flat) or almost empty by morning.

The link in my previous post gives helpful information to avoid crop issues.

post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 
I have bin feeding the laying mash from tracktor supl
But I gladly wl listen to better advice the coop they in I can move every couple days to get them fresh grass etc
post #6 of 6

A lot of people use TSC brand poultry food, so I'm sure it's fine.

Offer them oyster shell free choice - put it in a small container or throw some in the tractor for them to scratch at.

My personal preference is also to offer poultry grit free choice, that can also be put in a small container or throw a little in the tractor. Some birds may find the proper grit while foraging or digging in the dirt, but I'm one of those people that says, well, why not offer, if they take some good, if not...well, that's good too. A bag of grit will last a very long time, the chickens will eat a piece or two whenever they need it.  Same with oyster shell, it will last a long time as well, they will eat what they need.

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