Am I over worrying or is something not right?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Sweetlilgem, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. Sweetlilgem

    Sweetlilgem Chirping

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    320BE818-6574-42E6-A3D7-EA2BBAB8C55C.jpeg B60A07E9-E64D-4E0B-B1D7-7FE2B151B684.jpeg 60083389-CA52-4B7E-8429-57B0385321FB.jpeg BC2BE5C6-2DB1-4F02-9949-EF28148B681D.jpeg B3D32DA1-353E-4B41-91BF-D293D8E25348.jpeg My little Lavender Orpington seems to have a large lump on her/his chest. The lump seems to be more to one side. It is soft and somewhat movable. This chick has always been the loudest chipper so I can’t tell if she/he is distressed. Little one is drinking and eating and running around like normal. Brooder temp is about 80 degrees. The other 3 in the brooder don’t seem to have such a prominent bump if any at all. They are being fed Earth First Chick Starter/Grower. No other food or treats. Fresh water daily. Pine shavings for litter. Just about a week since I got them so they are about a week and a half old. Am I an over worried chick mamma or am I justified? Any recommendations or guidance? My last 6 girls made it safe and healthy from the brooder to the coop so I’m green but not totally wet behind the ears to little ones. Please see the pics, brooder pic included.
     
  2. R2elk

    R2elk Free Ranger

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    The little piggy sure has its crop stuffed full. I would not worry about it.
     
  3. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    It may be just a normal case of a full crop. Hopefully it is not an impacted or sour crop. If chic is going about normally then there is nothing to worry. If it gets serious, then the Vet bills can really get high.
    Here is some reading, but it may scare the 7734 out of you. It points to the worst case scenario.
    https://www.theartofdoingstuff.com/dr-mark-tells-us-sour-crop-chickens/
    WISHING YOU BEST,,,,,,,,,,,, and :welcome
     
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  4. Sweetlilgem

    Sweetlilgem Chirping

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    Ohhh whew!!! I was thinking it may very well be something like that and it sure feels good to have some validation!! Thank you thank you!
     
  5. Sweetlilgem

    Sweetlilgem Chirping

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    Just read from beginning to end!! Yikes!!! Great Info and will certainly be watchful and vigilant. Really hoping the little one was just being a piggy!! Thank you for the link!
     
  6. cavemanrich

    cavemanrich Crossing the Road

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    Keep an eye out for her poop. If it looks normal like the other chicks, then all things look like they are going thru:thumbsup
     
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  7. Sweetlilgem

    Sweetlilgem Chirping

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    Wouldn’t be my first poop watch ever... man you would think as a nurse I would get how important poop and the act of pooing is!!! Poop at work, poop at home, dog poop, cat poop , and now chicken poop!! Poop Rules!! Dang just realized I didn’t clean out the litter box tonight!! Yeah one more thing to keep me from sleep!! Lol!! Thank you all!!
     
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  8. 21hens-incharge

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    Looks like a full crop to me too.
     
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  9. Sweetlilgem

    Sweetlilgem Chirping

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    :jumpyIf it keeps happening should I start removing the food for periods of time. Like I said I didn’t have this issue with my other pullets and there only 4 in ther now so have no space at the feeder is not an issue.
     
  10. Aunt Angus

    Aunt Angus Crowing

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    Nope! Just make sure the crop is empty in the morning. In my experience. Some are just piggies and eat until that crop is full.

    I have 9 month old pullets who eat until their crops are tennis ball sized. Lol! Totally normal.
     

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