Full "Chests" - what am I supposed to do?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by paceysgl5, Feb 13, 2011.

  1. paceysgl5

    paceysgl5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2011
    So yesterday I noticed one of my chicks had quite the full chest on her right side. I thought it was a huge tumor, until I noticed the other chicks had it too. At the time we had a chick starter/grower (says 1 day-10 weeks) as their feed, we've since changed it to chick starter and also given them Chick Grit (also 1 day- 10 weeks).

    Is this normal, or did we royally screw up by giving them too large of food to start with? Are they going to be okay? They all seem perfectly healthy, but that pouch worries me. I'm not up on my chick biology though, maybe this is normal...

    Thanks [​IMG]
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    It is just a full crop. They are well fed.
  3. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

    Oct 1, 2008
    That is their crops you are seeing full of food. That is where food is stored before it goes through the digestion process and is perfectly normal. they should be empty in the morning and full of food by evening, nothing to worry about.
  4. domino7

    domino7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2009
    N.E. Ohio
    That's their crop. It's full of food. Not a problem at all.
  5. paceysgl5

    paceysgl5 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 20, 2011
    Wow thanks for the quick replies. Great I will have to look at a few closely tonight and then compare to tomorrow morning to see. PHEW!
  6. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    With my first chicks, I had one that gorged on food but I didn't realize that at the time, and I thought "OMG it has a tumor!" Folks here on BYC reassured me. Said, bet it's gone in the morning. If not, come back here and we'll help you.

    It was gone in the morning, all "digested." Whew!

    VERY normal. [​IMG]
  7. write2caroline

    write2caroline Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 21, 2009
    tuck her in and kiss her good night! My girls look like they have eaten softballs most days! Amazing how much they eat!
  8. Gypsy07

    Gypsy07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 4, 2010
    Glasgow, Scotland
    Haha! You just have piggy chicks. BTW if you use a heat lamp and there's a light on the chicks all night, it probably won't be gone in the morning, cause they'll keep eating all through the night. It'll only go down if you have a heat source that doesn't also light up the brooder and they all go to sleep at night.
  9. dianaross77

    dianaross77 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 10, 2010
    Grand Blanc, MI
    I thought the same thing just a week ago with my first chicks. It took me a minute to sit and figure it out! [​IMG]
  10. babyrnlc

    babyrnlc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 30, 2011
    Tulsa, Ok
    Quote:I was gonna say something like this. I have a red light, but my little piggies eat about every two hours! They are almost 2 weeks old. In fact, it is 5:30 almost 6 and I am awake because I heard loud cheaping. Apparently the food ran out over night and they were not to happy about it and woke me up to feed them. They are in the living room and I could hear it from my room!

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