Bulging crops in 2-week-old chicks a concern

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by JillsChicks, May 17, 2008.

  1. JillsChicks

    JillsChicks Songster

    May 31, 2007
    Western NY
    I've been feeding my chickies starter crumbles - nothing else. They all have developed large crops - I'd say large marble sized. They are noticeable and odd looking.

    My girlfriend told me to give them a little sandy grit from outside. They gobbled it up, but have not shown any difference in the size of their crops. I read up on swollen/impacted crops on the chick emergency thread, but it seems odd that all the chicks would have it at the same time. They are on pine shavings having been on paper towels their first week. Should I give oil, yogurt? What's going on here?

  2. chcknrs

    chcknrs Songster

    Mar 7, 2008
    Kelso, WA
    Wait until morning, then check the crops again. They fill up with food, and then digest it. You may want to take the food out overnight unless you get up real early. You'll probably find the crops are down in the morning.
  3. happyhen

    happyhen Songster

    May 8, 2008
    Northeastern Ohio
    They probably over ate, they can be such little gluttons. Check them in the morning. My hatchery recommended fine chick grit from day one "salted" on their starter crumbles.

    I'm sure you did right and they will be fine in the morning.
  4. Gindee77

    Gindee77 Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    QCA, Illinois
    Mine do that occasionally too, they are just piggies. It usually goes away without any help on my part. I freaked out when I first saw that [​IMG] ...they were so swollen, it made their down separate and you could see bare skin. I thought they all had developed abscesses! [​IMG] I felt so silly when I figured out what it was. [​IMG]

    I give mine a bit of parakeet grit every evening when I do my chick chores. They love it more than anything! I love the sound of them pecking the metal feeder eating that grit. [​IMG]
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

    Mar 12, 2008
    Loxahatchee, Florida
    Many brands of chick starter have a sufficient quantity of grit included, check yours to see if you really need to add grit to your chicks' diet.

    Those bulging baby crops are certainly alarming to see, but most often NO cause for any concern. As long as they are acting/looking/sounding comfortable & content you don't have to worry or intervene.

    Enjoy your baby chickies!
  6. JillsChicks

    JillsChicks Songster

    May 31, 2007
    Western NY
    Thank you! You were all exactly right. All the crops were shrunken this morning. This batch of chicks is much more active than my last batch and perhaps they compete for the feed. They get along famously, so I don't think anyone is being picked on or not getting her share.

    Thank you for your advice. JillsChicks:)

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