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grainy crop

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sneaton1, Aug 5, 2010.

  1. sneaton1

    sneaton1 In the Brooder

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    i noticed my hen has a grainy but soft crop after free ranging. she was under the deck eating dirt and rocks. is this normal?
     

  2. austradork

    austradork In the Brooder

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    I was wondering the same thing a few days ago! I just happened to feel my Australorp's crop, and it felt like it was full of little tiny beads. I figured it was just chicken feed though. Since chickens don't have teeth, it makes sense that feed would just kind of hang out undigested in the crop for a while. I think later in the digestion process it's ground up.
     
  3. keeko

    keeko Songster

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    Uh, I wish I could tell you the answer, but I just posted this exact question minutes ago!! My Ameraucana has a huge, but soft crop...and it does feel grainy, like there are little beads in it! Must be food. Will this go down?

    Can you tell I'm new to keeping chickens? [​IMG]
     

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