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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by melissa088, Jan 26, 2015.

  1. melissa088

    melissa088 Hatching

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    I have a baby chick and its been eating but it has a big ball of food growing in the front by her throat, I don't know what it is. Could it have started off by food getting stuck.
     
  2. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

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    Is the ball at the base of her neck in front? If so, then she is fine. Chickens have a crop that fills with food and is ground up before going through their digestive systems. They do not have a stomach, so food has to stop there to get processed down.
     
  3. lfoster131

    lfoster131 In the Brooder

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    I was recently wondering the same thing, thanks for the info!
     
  4. Ravynscroft

    Ravynscroft For the Love of Duck

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    No prob! Glad to help! :)
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

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    Is the ball of food you're talking about internal, or external? It is normal for chickens to have a rather large lump inside their neck, called the crop. If the food is stuck outside of the chick's body, then it probably just got stuck there, and should be easy to remove.
     
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

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    X2 on Bantamlover21; if the food is on the outside, you may be able to remove it by moistening it with some warm water and a paper towel.
     
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

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    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    Yes that lump you see is probably just her crop. It is a food storage area in the chest. When chickens eat a lot, they crops get big!
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

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  9. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

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