Bulging Hen Necks/Chest

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sylviabobby, Apr 8, 2012.

  1. sylviabobby

    sylviabobby New Egg

    Jun 28, 2011
    We have Buff laying hens. Have noticed a couple have bulging chests/necks. Problem?
  2. Fleabuskitty

    Fleabuskitty Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 23, 2011
    Sounds like their crops are just full. If you don't know, when chickens (and all other birds, as far as I know) eat their food goes into their crop, an organ in their neck/chest, before being digested, and sometimes when they have just eaten a lot (which they will do when given treats or when their feeder has been refilled after being empty for any amount of time) their crops will bulge and be more noticeable that usual. So, nope, there's no problem [​IMG]
  3. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida

    Since you have more than one bird you are noticing this with, I am going to say you are just noticing very full crops. Crops can become impacted but I doubt this is what is happening in this case. Testing this is easy. Just make sure your chickens do not have access to food from the time they got to bed until you get out to see them in the morning. If the lumps are gone, your birds are fine. We all get a bit of a shock when we first notice a full crop. I remember freaking out because I thought one of mine had a tumor. [​IMG]

    If the crops do not go down, you can search "impacted crop" for treatment options. Again, I don't think this is the case here.
  4. Riley103

    Riley103 New Egg

    Apr 8, 2012

    I also think so.

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