Baby chick looks like a fluffy tennis ball!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by flutteredbye, Feb 14, 2013.

  1. flutteredbye

    flutteredbye New Egg

    Jan 22, 2013
    Colorado Springs
    So, I'm new to raising chickens. I've read tons, googled more and lurked around BYC for months before ordering my chicks. Wednesday my little ladies came by mail, 12 buff Orpingtons, 2 Easter eggers and 1 cuckoo maran. I've lost two BO's (1 weak out of the box and 1 lil runt that refused to eat or drink regardless of nursing), I anticipated some loss though.

    Which leads me to chick #3 (another BO) that appears to be in some sort of distress. I use this term loosely though, she's active, she eats, she drinks and she makes poop. She however looks as though she has swallowed a tennis ball! She's the roundest little chick. This evening while inspecting them all for pasty butt and any other abnormalities I discovered what appears to be a bruise on her belly. It's approximately on inch in length and half an inch wide. It also feels as though there is a hard pea sized lump in her crop.

    She was the largest out of the box however I fear it's not just because she's "big boned" but rather an ailment or sickness. Any ideas? Suggestions?

    Thank you bunches!
    Last edited: Feb 14, 2013

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