hen with swelling on right side of chest

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Its Just Us Chickens, Mar 15, 2009.

  1. Its Just Us Chickens

    Its Just Us Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008
    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?
  2. krcote

    krcote Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 21, 2008
    Concord, NH
    Is it just a full crop? If so, this is normal... desired even!
  3. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    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.
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    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 [​IMG]

    Good luck,

  5. chick2good4u

    chick2good4u Chillin' With My Peeps

    If she appears fine, are you sure it isn't her crop? After chickens eat a good meal, their crop ( located on the right side below the neck) is full of food.
  6. Its Just Us Chickens

    Its Just Us Chickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 24, 2008

    I've been wondering where exactly the crop was. [​IMG]

    I'll keep an eye on her the next couple days just in case.

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