Help! Swollen Gizzard?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ElioraImmanuel, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. ElioraImmanuel

    ElioraImmanuel Songster

    Jan 8, 2010
    Some of my chicks have a swollen neck...only on one side. Help! What is this and what do I do?!
  2. LadyBeartoothMamma

    LadyBeartoothMamma Chirping

    May 31, 2010
    Absarokee Montana
    if im correct its their grop the thing where they store food,. mine are going thru that too i think thats what its called,. I called the vet here in town and she said it was okay and normal and not too worry. Its okay [​IMG] are they acting like chickens in a good mood and happy?? If they are sluggish then thats when you should worry...
  3. LadyBeartoothMamma

    LadyBeartoothMamma Chirping

    May 31, 2010
    Absarokee Montana
    i think thats what you call it. let me look [​IMG] its called their crop i was close Crop. 1. A pouch at the base of a chicken's neck that bulges after the bird has eaten. 2. To trim a bird's wattles.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Little chicks are feathered piggies. They will stuff their crops. If the crop is NOT swollen in the morning, that means the food was processed/digested/passed on.

    If the crop is still swollen in the morning, then you have a problem. But it is VERY common for new chicken parents to think there's something wrong when it's only a full crop.
  5. elmo

    elmo Songster

    May 23, 2009
    Ah, yes. The 1/2 of Dolly Parton syndrome. Right side of chest, hmmm? The first time I saw a full crop on one of my chicks, I thought it was a tumor. Thankfully, I came here and was reassured by experienced chicken folks.

    A chicken's crop and its gizzard are actually two different body parts. Think of the crop sort of like a shopping bag, stuffed full of goodies for later use. The gizzard is one of the two parts of a chicken's stomach, where grit is stored to grind up bits of food into smaller, digestible bits.
  6. maple11chickens

    maple11chickens Hatching

    Aug 7, 2014
    I know when a crop is full and when it is empty. But my chick has something different. I think its crop has a lot of air in it. Its crop is bloated from the right side of the chest and down inbetween its legs staying on the right side and up to the base of the vent decreasing in size the whole way. Does anyone have an answer? Please HELP!

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