first, I have read a lot on the crop problems. impacted ones etc on this forum. But I can't seem to figure out exactly what the issue is, if any that one of my hens has with her crop as it doesn't quite match up with typical symptoms of a problem crop.
She is a 5 month old Buff Orpington. About a week ago, in the evening I noticed her crop was huge! at least the size of a tennis ball, likely bigger. I waited until the morning to check again and it was smaller, but still very noticeable. I compared to several other chickens and I couldn't feel theirs at all.
I isolated her for a 24 hour period and it really went down, almost completely. I gave her an egg w olive oil to help.
Let her be w the flock for a few days, and each day I could tell her Crop was significantly bigger than other chickens. However, each morning it was very small- so I haven't been too worried.
Last night at roosting time, her crop was again gigantic. Id say the size of a softball. Not hard and I can massage it. She seemed pretty uncomfortable when I did that. (I have massaged it several other times in the past).
I isolated her again over night and this morning gave her some raw egg w just a few drops of olive oil. I plan on leaving her in the isolation cage until at least tomorrow an feed her small amounts.
So...I doubt its impacted since it does go down a good amount over night. However, it just seem so much bigger than any of my other 14 hens.
Should I be worried or maybe she is just a chicken w a slow acting Crop?
Any ideas or suggestions are greatly appreciated!