1 week old chicks with marble sized crops

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by PAChickenChick, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. PAChickenChick

    PAChickenChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok...I don't know if this is an emergency or not...so I'm asking you folks who are smarter than me.

    I have two ... one week old Barred Rocks. They are ONLY eating medicated chick feed right now.

    Today (I've had them for 4 days) I noticed that their crops are about the size of a standard marble. (and strangely off to the right side)

    I have them in Pine Shavings for bedding but they don't seem to be interested in eating it (atleast that I see)

    I've not given them any kind of grit as of yet...but I'm concerned if this size crop is normal when only eating crumbles?

    Advice on that and what I should do would be terrific.....

    Thanks so much!
     
  2. LuannKeller

    LuannKeller Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are pooping I would guess that they are fine. When there is lots of food they eat like pigs.
     
  3. Matt A NC

    Matt A NC Overrun With Chickens

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    They have made little pigs of themselves. They are fine, it is completely normal. With crops that full they will probably pile up for a nap.

    You can check later and it should be a different size.

    Matt
     
  4. HarmonyChicks

    HarmonyChicks New Egg

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    Am also raising 6 Barred Rock Chicks that are now 5 weeks. Their first couple of weeks were identical to your situation. They are little nibble-machines! Mine also had nice full little crops, but all was well. Keep an eye on them and good luck.[​IMG][​IMG]
     
  5. PAChickenChick

    PAChickenChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I hate to panic but I've got two little kids that are getting very attached and I immediately thought the worst.

    I gotta say...I really love this forum! I wish there was a place like this that specialized in children [​IMG]
    Could you imagine having a guide like BYC's for your kids....that would be awesome!!

    But in the meantime....I'll happily and gratefully accept all the helpful knowledge I get here about Chickens [​IMG]
     

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