Full crops or something wrong?

Malbri

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I have 6 new chicks that I bought at a chickenstock this past weekend. My mom was looking at them this evening and noticed something that probably wouldn't have ever caught my eye. They all have big squishy lumps on their chests. My mom noticed it while I was at work, and was afraid it was an impacted crop and took out all the shavings. I have never noticed if chicks in the past have had this, so I wasn't sure if it was normal or not. Is it just that they all just ate and have food in there, or could this be a problem such as impacted crop?
 

sourland

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Relax, they just have full crops. The possibility of 6 chicks developing impacted crops at the same time is nearly zero.
 

ADozenGirlz

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Quote:Sounds just like a full crop.
This should give you an idea of where the crop is generally:

 
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Malbri

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I was figuring it was just full crops, but I figured I would just sleep easier if I checked.
 

ChickensAreSweet

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The crop will look like a large round mass on the right side of the chicken's chest (or if you are facing the chicken the left side).

They stuff their crops full over and over throughout the day.

Here is a picture of one of the beautiful Golden Campines I used to have with a nice full crop.

 

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