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We got 6 chickens from Tractor Supply 4 weeks ago. All the chickens are doing great except this one. She is eating (A LOT!), drinking, having bowel movements, but her crop is huge and it never empties. We have massaged the crop, given her olive oil, apple cider vinegar, etc. and nothing is helping. She looks so uncomfortable. I'm not sure what else to do. She is also super tiny compared to the rest of the chickens. I've attached a picture...very blurry...but it works :-)

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Anyone have any advice? 

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Is she a buff orpington? I am having the exact same problem with my 7 week old. We joke that she has an eating disorder but I know there must be something wrong. She, too, eats, drinks, and is active..although she seems to march to the beat of her own drum. She appears to be smaller than the rest but does not act sickly. Her crop gets so full that when I pick her up, she vomits. Vomit has never smelled sour and crop has never felt hard. I've brought her indoors and have "treated" her for sour crop although I still don't believe that's what she has/had. When I withhold food, her crop does reduce in size, usually in 2 days, but has never "returned to normal" when compared to other chicks. She seems content. ..I'm the one who freaks out because she looks more like a turkey than a chicken. Anyone ever heard of, or experienced, the same? Is it life threatening? Thanks for any input. I'm new at this. Her name is Baby Margaret.
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Originally Posted by LSMom View Post
 

We got 6 chickens from Tractor Supply 4 weeks ago. All the chickens are doing great except this one. She is eating (A LOT!), drinking, having bowel movements, but her crop is huge and it never empties. We have massaged the crop, given her olive oil, apple cider vinegar, etc. and nothing is helping. She looks so uncomfortable. I'm not sure what else to do. She is also super tiny compared to the rest of the chickens. I've attached a picture...very blurry...but it works :-)


What foods/treats are you feeding?

Does she have access to grit if you are giving anything besides chick starter?

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We give her chick starter feed and I have been giving her a bowl of grit (just in case this was a digestive issue). So she is still separated from the others but I started feeding her again and she is huge. She seems fine....except I swear that her crop looks like it is going to explode! She is having normal bm's, eating, drinking, acting normal...but I just don't get why her crop area is so big. It never goes down.

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Hi! I can't remember what type of chicken she is. I know that's bad! Sorry! We also joke that ours has an eating disorder. There isn't a time when she's not eating! It's crazy! She's such a loveable chick...I just really hope nothing is wrong with her. There aren't any vets that will see chickens around here either.

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We give her chick starter feed and I have been giving her a bowl of grit (just in case this was a digestive issue). So she is still separated from the others but I started feeding her again and she is huge. She seems fine....except I swear that her crop looks like it is going to explode! She is having normal bm's, eating, drinking, acting normal...but I just don't get why her crop area is so big. It never goes down.

Chicks do eat a lot and some do look like they are always lopsided,  but if she is acting normal, not in distress and having normal poo, etc. that just may be the way she is.

If she is in a brooder with a constant light (heat lamp) she will eat at all hours of the day and night that may be why it seems like it never goes down.

Since you have her separated, you can check to see if the crop is emptying if you want to. Let her eat/drink well, check the crop,  then take away food and water for a while about 4hrs then check the crop, you should be able to see the difference.

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