hen with swelling on right side of chest

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Songster
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Nov 24, 2008
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I have a RIR hen that has swelling on the right side of her chest. I haven't been able to catch her yet to see what it feels like but her chest is obviously larger on that side.
She's behaving normally right now, has been running around the yard foraging with the other chickens. I don't see anything else visually wrong with her.
What do I need to do?
 

Mahonri

Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast
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11 Years
May 14, 2008
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You've noticed her crop!

You must have fed them well this morning... that swelling is her crop.

Now there are times when they don't get enough moisture that the crop can become impacted... if that were the case you could give her a little olive oil and that would help.

If she's acting normal, she's probably just fine... and well fed.
 

patandchickens

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Apr 20, 2007
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It's her crop. It's supposed to be 'somewhat' bulgy and full if she's just eaten a buncha food. If it is way way bigger than the other chickens' and stays that way for a day or two (without periods of being emptyish) then it may be impacted crop which is a problem. But chances are it is just that she had a good meal recently


Good luck,

Pat
 

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