Hen with a lump

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by addiedunn, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. addiedunn

    addiedunn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My favorite hen has developed a lump on her right breast. It wasn't there two days ago and today it looks huge. About the size of an egg. I felt it and it's kind of fatty feeling. And I've included pics but you can't see it as well in these. But it's so big for not having been there a couple of days ago. Any suggestions?
    Why is it always the favorite?

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  2. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Your hen has eaten enough to fill her crop. She'll have enough food in her system to get her through the night. Tomorrow she'll do it again.

    Nothing to worry about. This is normal chicken anatomy.
     
  3. addiedunn

    addiedunn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No kiddin? IS that all, really? I was so worried. She's never done that before. Thanks jenn
     
  4. Biddieacres

    Biddieacres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you check first thing in the morning it should be gone. She had a good day of foraging and eating. A beautiful hen.

    Edited to say... they will all fill their crop during the day but sometimes the crop gets full and looks like it is off to the side so it alarms people. No worries.
     
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  5. Master S.M.C

    Master S.M.C Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah that's it, you could check her crop to make sure to see.
     
  6. allisojo

    allisojo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm relatively new to raising chickens, and I thought my favorite - Lucy - had something wrong with her when she was actually filling her crop. After a few days' observation, though, I watched it fill up during the day and then be empty by morning. I still wonder sometimes if they overstuff themselves because those crops can get big! If it's not the crop, let us know. Thanks.
     
  7. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    Quote:I still wonder sometimes if some acquaintances overstuff themselves because they can let their belts out another notch or two.

    Wayne
     
  8. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    leave her without feed tonight, if it's not noticably reduced by morning then you might have something to worry about...
     
  9. Renee

    Renee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That's a beautiful bird. What breed is she?
     
  10. MoodyChicken

    MoodyChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks too low to be the crop. The crop is usually found on the left above the pectoral muscles. It might just be the angle of the photo though. Either way, if she's not getting worse, she's probably fine. Take her food away for an hour, if the lump goes away then you know it's the crop.
     

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