Enlarged crop on one side, is this normal? (pic included)

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  1. Momaha

    Momaha Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This chick is 3 weeks old today. She has been sleeping standing up. Just now I noticed she has what appears to be an enlarged crop on one side of neck and it is hard. The other chicks do not have this. She has been on medicated feed and gave her egg yolks one day.

    What do you think it could be and how should it be treated?

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  2. Yay Chicks!

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    The crop is located on one side and can look quite large after they pig out. Keep an eye on her and notice if it goes down. It should fill up and then go down as the food moves into the gizzard.
     
  3. Momaha

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    The crop is located on one side and can look quite large after they pig out. Keep an eye on her and notice if it goes down. It should fill up and then go down as the food moves into the gizzard.

    Thank you. I will keep an eye on her.​
     
  4. Aemelia

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    I don't know if it made a difference or not or if it just made me feel better but when that happened to one of mine I ran out and bought chick grit and it seems to have helped.
     
  5. Momaha

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    Quote:I did that just this afternoon. However, they didn't have chick grit (for under 8 weeks) and my wal-mart doesn't carry parakeet grit. So I bought the grit, double bagged it, then hammered it using only the finest particles. I added that to gro-gel plus b and fed her separately and she pecked at it a little. The other chicks would have ate the gro-gel completely gone in two seconds. I have been reading on her that it could be impacted crop too. It doesn't seem to have changed shape or firmness throughout today.
     
  6. WalkerH

    WalkerH Chillin' With My Peeps

    Just for future reference we just use play sand. And I don't believe you should give them parakeet grit because of the extra calcium, I believe I read that. But yeah, just about every one of my chicks had enlarged crops and I was like uh...[​IMG]

    Then by morning all of it was gone, and back later that day. They go outside and eat lots.
     
  7. Yay Chicks!

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    Quote:I did that just this afternoon. However, they didn't have chick grit (for under 8 weeks) and my wal-mart doesn't carry parakeet grit. So I bought the grit, double bagged it, then hammered it using only the finest particles. I added that to gro-gel plus b and fed her separately and she pecked at it a little. The other chicks would have ate the gro-gel completely gone in two seconds. I have been reading on her that it could be impacted crop too. It doesn't seem to have changed shape or firmness throughout today.

    Check it out tomorrow morning and see if it has gone down by then. It could be that she wasn't into eating much because she is already full. It's hard to imagine that she could get impacted crop from crumbles and a bit of egg yolk. Has she been eating her bedding material?
     
  8. Momaha

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    Check it out tomorrow morning and see if it has gone down by then. It could be that she wasn't into eating much because she is already full. It's hard to imagine that she could get impacted crop from crumbles and a bit of egg yolk. Has she been eating her bedding material?

    Thank you for the info. The bedding material is my #1 suspect. Her crop has had no change through the day. I just gave them fresh water for the night and she drank a little and pecked at the chick starter a little. I will check her again first thing in the morning.​
     
  9. Sandy16

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    when we first got our chicks and noticed how large their crops were, we thought they had tumors! [​IMG]
     

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