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HELP! Huge Lump on right side of new chicks' neck/chest

post #1 of 8
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My husband found someone who wanted to give away 13 baby chicks, about 3 wks old- 4 Black Jersey Giants and 9 Barred Rocks. We picked them up today and foolishly just added them in with our own 4-5 wk chicks.. it's a beautiful day out so we brought them outside to graze on the grass (under a cage top) and noticed that one of them has a HUGE lump/bulge starting on its neck down to it's chest, right side. Then I noticed that ALL THIRTEEN have this! Is it a disease? Is it the chicken's crop? We have Barred Rocks that we purchased, who are about the same age & do NOT have this bulge. These chicks are kinda stinky & seem to be a bit neglected. My husband said they were in a box that was too small & it was all wet in the bottom. Could it just be their crop & they've kind overindulged on the food/water? When we put them into our brooder box, they went a bit crazy for the food.. HELP!

Started out with 12 chickens: 6 Red Stars, 6 Easter Eggers, we have 3 Reds & 6 EEers left

Our family had four beloved Pekin ducks who got attacked by a neighbor's dogs :(

 

We now have about 14 chickens-Barred Rocks (AWESOME BIRDS), EEs, Red Stars.

We also have 6 beautiful Mallard ducks- 2 boys and 4 girls :)

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Started out with 12 chickens: 6 Red Stars, 6 Easter Eggers, we have 3 Reds & 6 EEers left

Our family had four beloved Pekin ducks who got attacked by a neighbor's dogs :(

 

We now have about 14 chickens-Barred Rocks (AWESOME BIRDS), EEs, Red Stars.

We also have 6 beautiful Mallard ducks- 2 boys and 4 girls :)

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post #2 of 8
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I have now separated them out and are watching them... I *JUST* cleaned out my brooder box yesterday and put new bedding it.. should I clean it out again? I wasn't the one that went to pick the chicks up so I don't know if they had this lump to start out or not!

Started out with 12 chickens: 6 Red Stars, 6 Easter Eggers, we have 3 Reds & 6 EEers left

Our family had four beloved Pekin ducks who got attacked by a neighbor's dogs :(

 

We now have about 14 chickens-Barred Rocks (AWESOME BIRDS), EEs, Red Stars.

We also have 6 beautiful Mallard ducks- 2 boys and 4 girls :)

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Started out with 12 chickens: 6 Red Stars, 6 Easter Eggers, we have 3 Reds & 6 EEers left

Our family had four beloved Pekin ducks who got attacked by a neighbor's dogs :(

 

We now have about 14 chickens-Barred Rocks (AWESOME BIRDS), EEs, Red Stars.

We also have 6 beautiful Mallard ducks- 2 boys and 4 girls :)

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post #3 of 8

It's just their crop!  No worries!  They were probably hungry. 

post #4 of 8
Thread Starter 

You think so? Why don't my other birds have that bulge out?

Started out with 12 chickens: 6 Red Stars, 6 Easter Eggers, we have 3 Reds & 6 EEers left

Our family had four beloved Pekin ducks who got attacked by a neighbor's dogs :(

 

We now have about 14 chickens-Barred Rocks (AWESOME BIRDS), EEs, Red Stars.

We also have 6 beautiful Mallard ducks- 2 boys and 4 girls :)

Reply

Started out with 12 chickens: 6 Red Stars, 6 Easter Eggers, we have 3 Reds & 6 EEers left

Our family had four beloved Pekin ducks who got attacked by a neighbor's dogs :(

 

We now have about 14 chickens-Barred Rocks (AWESOME BIRDS), EEs, Red Stars.

We also have 6 beautiful Mallard ducks- 2 boys and 4 girls :)

Reply
post #5 of 8

My babies get the same thing!  The first time I saw it I was a little startled also!  Your chicks sound like they like to eat and are healthy!

post #6 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thank you! That makes me feel better. It's just REALLY HUGE!! I've tried taking pics to share but it's not easy w/some busy chicks!


Edited by Chickens&Ducks - 4/1/12 at 2:40pm

Started out with 12 chickens: 6 Red Stars, 6 Easter Eggers, we have 3 Reds & 6 EEers left

Our family had four beloved Pekin ducks who got attacked by a neighbor's dogs :(

 

We now have about 14 chickens-Barred Rocks (AWESOME BIRDS), EEs, Red Stars.

We also have 6 beautiful Mallard ducks- 2 boys and 4 girls :)

Reply

Started out with 12 chickens: 6 Red Stars, 6 Easter Eggers, we have 3 Reds & 6 EEers left

Our family had four beloved Pekin ducks who got attacked by a neighbor's dogs :(

 

We now have about 14 chickens-Barred Rocks (AWESOME BIRDS), EEs, Red Stars.

We also have 6 beautiful Mallard ducks- 2 boys and 4 girls :)

Reply
post #7 of 8

Did this end up really being the crop?  I have the same worry with my 1 month old Americauna.  I never noticed it on my other chicks and I handled them pretty frequently. The one i am worried about was a 3 day old chick that we snuck under a broody hen so she free ranges with the flock.  I'm worried b/c I fed them grapes the other day and heard that those could be hard to pass :(  She has chick feed in the run but for the most part she eats whatever the other ladies eat.  I'm so nervous :(

post #8 of 8
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Yep, it just ended up being the crop. this was exactly 5 months ago today and they're all doing very well... well, aside from the few that the mean raccoon ate! :)
 

Started out with 12 chickens: 6 Red Stars, 6 Easter Eggers, we have 3 Reds & 6 EEers left

Our family had four beloved Pekin ducks who got attacked by a neighbor's dogs :(

 

We now have about 14 chickens-Barred Rocks (AWESOME BIRDS), EEs, Red Stars.

We also have 6 beautiful Mallard ducks- 2 boys and 4 girls :)

Reply

Started out with 12 chickens: 6 Red Stars, 6 Easter Eggers, we have 3 Reds & 6 EEers left

Our family had four beloved Pekin ducks who got attacked by a neighbor's dogs :(

 

We now have about 14 chickens-Barred Rocks (AWESOME BIRDS), EEs, Red Stars.

We also have 6 beautiful Mallard ducks- 2 boys and 4 girls :)

Reply
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