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How to tell if chickens have impacted crops

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I am really new to chickens, and my 3 pullets are only 4 months old, so yesterday, I decided to put timothy hay in their nesting boxes for when they start laying.  However, last night I was reading about how you should never give hay to chickens because they get impacted crops if they eat it.  Well this morning I went out and threw all of the hay in the composter, but as I was doing it, the chickens were running around eating pieces of hay that dropped.  The pieces were pretty long, some as long as 6-8 inches.  Do chickens always get impacted crops when they eat hay like this?  How long until they're in the clear health-wise (until all of the hay is out of the crop)? 

 

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They won't always get impacted crop, my chickens eat long grass/hay a lot. Make sure they have access to grit. Feel all of their crops - if they are full and stay that way for more then 24 hours I would begin to worry, especially if the crop is hard. 

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