Chicken neck/gizzard enlarged - Need Help?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Naniki, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Naniki

    Naniki Out Of The Brooder

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    Have 3 week old chicks and one has an enlarged neck. I have been feeding chicken starter food, adding a bit of grit and plenty of water.

    Does anyone know what I could do to help this chick?

    New to chickens and the site.

    Thank you,
    Naniki
     
  2. Ugly Cowboy

    Ugly Cowboy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 25, 2008
    Corn, OK
    Got any pics?
     
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I'd say they are a little small for sour crop, but click the "Search" function up above and type in "sour crop"... read away... you should find something there that would help.
     
  4. Naniki

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    Thank you, I will post a picture as soon as I figure the pic posting out. Just seperated her from the other 24 because they started pecking at her.

    I will also do the search for "sour crop"

    Thank you
     
  5. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you checked it in the morning? It could be she's just a little piggy. I have one like that. I freaked out when I first observed her full crop. It was there for several evenings in a row, so I assumed it was always there. To this day, she has a large crop, but now little piggy is making big eggs.
     
  6. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    At 3 weeks old the chick only needs chick starter.

    STOP feeding it grit. It is not needed.

    The crop is probably full and needs to pass it.

    Withhold all food and only give lots of water for 6 hours and see if it goes down.

    If it does, give ONLY chick starter and water.

    If it does not, with hold food another 4 hours with lots of water and see if the crop goes down.

    You will get some heavy poops from all of this.

    No more grit! It doesn't need it.

    You can give a little yogurt to keep its strength up.
     
  7. Naniki

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    I have uloade a picture. Does it take a while for them to start showing up or do I need to do something after it is uploaded?

    I will check her in the morning and hopefully she will not look so swollen. This is not just a little enlarged its the a bit smaller than a baseball bulge.
     
  8. MissPrissy

    MissPrissy Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Also - the neck area is the crop - a pocket for holding food.

    The gizzard is deep in the bowels of the chick.
     
  9. Naniki

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    You have all been so helpful. Thank you for helping me and educating me a bit more about chickens.
     
  10. Naniki

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