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Pullets with full crops?

post #1 of 7
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Hi All,

As I went out this evening to lock up the chicken coop, I noticed all 3 of my pullets looked like they had very full crops and I have never seen them this big before.

I am assuming it's because I am giving them more feed at the moment because I am in the UK so they aren't free ranging due to the avian flu lock down.

Is it normal for them to have big, full crops? I'm going to look at them tomorrow when I open the coop and hope they've gone down!

Thanks,

Alex
post #2 of 7

A full crop over night is good....it takes a bird 90 minutes to process feed from beak to poop.....

 

 

 

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post #3 of 7

Full crops before cooptime is the norm for me.  I give them open access to feed at all times plus they forage for grass and bugs all day, weather permitting.

post #4 of 7

Mine free range during the day and are fed fermented feed in the morning and in the evening - their crops are full when they go into the coop at night. :)

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Absque sudore et labore nullum opus perfectum est

 

 

Proudly raising: Muscovies; a Runner, a Pekin, and their mixed offspring; various breeds of dual-purpose chickens including American Bresse and French Black Copper Marans; and several rabbit breeds.

 

unabashed logophile | mad zymurgist | compulsive philomath | pro-Oxford comma

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post #5 of 7

Hi there albodean

 

Just echoing what others have said .. yep, that is a good thing.

 

I have noticed that some days my girls will have bigger crops at bed time than others, obviously depending on whether they had a piggy day or not ;) As long as the crop has emptied overnight, nothing to worry about.

 

My gals free range all day and have chicken food and some treats available all day also.  I notice that they make a point of topping up just before they hit the roost for the night.


Edited by Teila - 12/14/16 at 3:33pm

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Bambrook Bantams; Home to Cilla, Dusty, LuLu, Blondie and Crystal

 

'There is No snooze button on a chicken who wants breakfast'

 

'Until One Has Loved An Animal, Part Of Their Soul Remains Unawakened'

 

My Chicken Page: http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/bambrook-bantams

 

Teila's Tales from the Coop: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1109051/teilas-tales-from-the-coop

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post #6 of 7

To be totally honest.......I have not the time to even look at my Birds crops......All I am glad is everyone is in for the night...I fill feed and water and just say....''Good Night, Ladies and Gentleman"!......lol.....Then off to do my other chores....:weee

 

 

 

 

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post #7 of 7
Thread Starter 
Thanks all 😀 Just wanted to check as I haven't seen them like that before!
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