Could anyone give me some advise please? We have a little silkie gold chick, 9 days old now, it has a really swollen chest thats soft (feels like air), it was born with it and its not changing at all. The chick kinda looks like a duck!! It is eating and drinking normal, cheeping and acting like the other chicks but its feathers are coming through much slower than the other chicks and its half the size of them. Thanks for taking the time to read this post.
chick with soft swollen crop
I have a chick like that too. Mine is a 4-week-old bantam Barred Rock named Bebe, and I've done research and found that that is the "crop" where the food is stored before entering the stomach. Bebe has been gobbling up her feed and then it just seems to sit in her crop. I've been giving her olive oil and massaging her crop to soften up the food stuck in there, and then I withhold the feed from her all night. In the morning, I usually find that the crop has gone down. I'm also worried about mine because she is smaller than the others and has barely gotten any feathers yet compared to the others...
Could it be sour crop? (It will fill like a water balloon). If you seach my previous post you should find the vet treatment for that.