Baby chick ate so much that we can feel the food in it's crop!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Curious1234, May 18, 2012.

  1. Curious1234

    Curious1234 Chirping

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    Why did this chick eat so much? And how can we prevent it? We seperated it from all food for several hours to give the food chance to go down.
     
  2. MamaRudey

    MamaRudey Chirping

    It is completely normal for you to see/ feel the food in their crop. That is what chicks do. You can put the food back in with them, and put it back with the others. Young chicks should have access to food and water 24/7.
     
    Last edited: May 18, 2012
  3. mnferalkitty

    mnferalkitty Songster

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    Thats what they do and they save it for later it was probably real hungry. I wouldn't seperate it from food. Read up on what a crop is for and you will see what I mean :)
     
  4. Curious1234

    Curious1234 Chirping

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    Well, it's not that I can just feel the food through the skin in the crop but that I can feel each granule of food in the crop! Just like hamster's pouch! The other ones have full crops that are round but not this one...
     
  5. rikithemonk

    rikithemonk Songster

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    I'm no expert on chicks, but that's generally what chickens are so posed to do. I wouldn't worry about it till tomorrow morning remove the food at night and feel the crop tomorrow morning. It should be mostly empty. If its still full he may have an issue. I don't think you have a problem though.

    Riki
     
  6. Achickenwrangler#1

    Achickenwrangler#1 Songster

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    make sure your chicks have access to dirt and/or grit, then let the little piggy have his way, some times I'm amazed at how they can even walk with how much they can stuff in there. :)
     
  7. dainerra

    dainerra Crowing

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    it just means he was eating some bigger pieces :) don't worry about it and don't remove feed. The crop is where the food gets stored on its way to the stomach. The crop releases food a little at a time for the stomach to digest.
    Full crop = good! :)
     

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