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chicks have swollen craws!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Mam Hen, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. Mam Hen

    Mam Hen New Egg

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    Will my chicks swollen craws go down? They are dried meal worms possibly too many ? What do I do to help them..
     
  2. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    You don't need to do anything. It's normal. The food will get ground up and digested overnight and those bulges will be gone by morning.
     
  3. Mam Hen

    Mam Hen New Egg

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    Hopefully noticed yesturday after my kids fed them and still a noticeably swollen this morning.
     
  4. keesmom

    keesmom Overrun With Chickens

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    Have you given them grit?
     
  5. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Take their food away from them tonight. Check their crops in the morning before feeding them. How old are these chicks?
     
  6. Mam Hen

    Mam Hen New Egg

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    The chicks Are about 5 weeks going on 6
     
  7. Mam Hen

    Mam Hen New Egg

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    No grit since this morning after I noticed it hasn't gone down.
     
  8. enola

    enola Overrun With Chickens

    Take their food away from them. The crop should empty if they don't have more food to pack their crop with.

    Are they acting normal? Not standing around looking pathetic?
     
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2016
  9. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    That's usually a sign of eating well. food is STORED in the crop before it is digested. if the chick has access to feed 24/7 it's likely the crop will be very full at night, empty in the morning and they usually eat quite early so likely full again . if your worried the crop is impacted you can remove the food in the pm. and check in the am to make sure it emptied. I like seeing my girls with a full crop. it means they are eating well. it's usually only empty in early am after a nights sleep. They usually feed during the day. Remember whatever they eat goes into the crop then gets digested from there. the gizzard "chews" the food then it gets digested. you can look online and see how different chickens bodies work from ours. we have two lungs they have more, the food goes to the crop then through there system. it's really interesting. you ought to check it out online.
     
  10. Mam Hen

    Mam Hen New Egg

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    Yeah lots of laying down but still scratching around for food.thanks for the advise hope they are just eatting well.
     

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