Hi all, Just wondering if anyone has come across this before in meat birds. One of my meat hens has a very enlarged crop. It has always been a little larger than the other birds, but i have recently noticed she is also lagging behind in development. I only have 5 birds, and they are 6 1/2 weeks old. Since i am processing them in the next fortnight, i am reluctant to put the bird through too much stress in case she loses condition further. I am wondering, however, if when i do process her the meat will be suitable for consumption? The lump itself is situated slightly to one side, and matches the other birds, however hers is about 3 times the size. It feels fluid filled. She is eating and drinking normally, my birds are housed in an outdoor run with a sheltered nesting box. There are perches available, but the chooks are too lazy to use them. : ) They are eating commercial chick crumble, supplemented with kitchen scraps. They are allowed to free range (with supervision, i don't trust my cats) and they bed in pea straw. I'd be keen for a fix, as long as it is going to be beneficial in a short enough term. The other thing to consider is that these chooks have grown VERY quickly, even on the more natural varied diet i give them, they have reached about a size 16 in just 6 weeks. Thanks, Veronica Here's pics: Sorry for the quality, i did the best i could without stressing her out too much. The third picture best shows the size, it rests in the palm of my hand quite neatly. And i have large hands.