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Bald lump on hen's chest

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I have silkies and they are laying regularly now.
However, I was petting one of the hens in the nest today, and felt a golfball size lump on her chest. It's kinda soft....it's also bald on her chest. The rest of her is fully feathered.
Any ideas? Is this the crop?

Also, I have one hen that seems fine in every way, other than she has gone bald in a mask like pattern around her face/head.
None of the others have.

WTF??

I am a new chicken mom for the most part.hmm

11  Silkies, 7 dawgs, 13 Kats, 3 turtles, 1 Greek Tortoise, 2 hermit crabs and no more room at the inn.
All my creatures came from the shelter (except chooks)
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11  Silkies, 7 dawgs, 13 Kats, 3 turtles, 1 Greek Tortoise, 2 hermit crabs and no more room at the inn.
All my creatures came from the shelter (except chooks)
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post #2 of 4

The ball is the crop and when it is full it can be bare. I would make sure the ball is gone tomorrow before she eats to make sure nothing is impacted.

I wish that people would Use Things and Love People....Not Love Things and Use People. (;

NO, I am not bald,  My screen name is after my beloved Black cochin roo Baldie who passed away.
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I wish that people would Use Things and Love People....Not Love Things and Use People. (;

NO, I am not bald,  My screen name is after my beloved Black cochin roo Baldie who passed away.
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post #3 of 4

what baldie said... some chickens get bigger than others some you never even see... She probably just binged before you picked her up...

Christina, wifey, mom to two, writer of historical fiction, chicken and duck farmer, pygmy goat mama, Sebastopol geese herder, Narraganset and Royal Palm turkey breeder...

The rooster may crow, but it's the hen that delivers...
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Christina, wifey, mom to two, writer of historical fiction, chicken and duck farmer, pygmy goat mama, Sebastopol geese herder, Narraganset and Royal Palm turkey breeder...

The rooster may crow, but it's the hen that delivers...
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post #4 of 4
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OK...But what if she has an impaction? Do i go to the vet with her?

11  Silkies, 7 dawgs, 13 Kats, 3 turtles, 1 Greek Tortoise, 2 hermit crabs and no more room at the inn.
All my creatures came from the shelter (except chooks)
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11  Silkies, 7 dawgs, 13 Kats, 3 turtles, 1 Greek Tortoise, 2 hermit crabs and no more room at the inn.
All my creatures came from the shelter (except chooks)
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