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Chicken apparently not going to bed with a full crop

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by SusanD, Oct 24, 2015.

  1. SusanD

    SusanD Chirping

    I noticed that two of my chickens (the ones that are laying) are going to bed with very full crops (When I saw how full they were last night, I was almost afraid that they wouldn't be down in the morning - they were). The other one's (who hasn't laid an egg yet) crop usually never feels full (some days, I don't feel it at all). She does however, feel plump and not skinny. Is this something to be concerned about? And if not, could it be due to the difference in maturity levels (laying vs not laying)? Thanks

  2. centrarchid

    centrarchid Free Ranging

    Sep 19, 2009
    Holts Summit, Missouri
    Hen not in lay has less need for feed. Intake regulated down so as to keep her from getting too heavy.
  3. SusanD

    SusanD Chirping

    That makes sense. I thought that might be the case after being told (by someone else) that going to bed with a full crop was necessary for egg production.
    Last edited: Oct 24, 2015

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