1. jembo1986

    jembo1986 New Egg

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    My brother has a road island red hen with a massive squishy lump like cyst on her chest. It wobbles a lot but she doesn't appear to be in any pain. She eats and drinks well and frequently lays good eggs any ideas guys
     
  2. ellie32526

    ellie32526 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Are you talking about the crop? The crop is a normal part of the chickens digestive tract. They eat bits of hard grit to help grind their food when they eat it. If they don't get enough grit, they will have difficulty with digestion, possibly sour crop. The chicken should digest this food each night. Check the crop in the morning, it should be smaller then after the food has digested at night while the chicken slept. If the crop is still large in the morning it may have sour crop. Heres a link from a chicken vet on sour crop
    http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2012/04/answers-from-chicken-vet-on-impacted.html

    Hope this helps
     
  3. jembo1986

    jembo1986 New Egg

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    Thankyou I was just so worried cause of the size of the lump
     
  4. Barn Mama

    Barn Mama Out Of The Brooder

    Check the chicken for sour crop or impacted crop.

    Sour crop: The crop will feel very squishy and there is a foul smell coming from the chicken’s beak. * Wrap the chicken in a towel or blanket (to keep it calm) and gently tilt the chicken forward (not backward) so that her body is vertical to the floor and the head is close to the ground while massaging the crop contents gently toward her mouth. You may need to open the beak to allow the vomit to flow out. The chicken should remain upside down for short durations only – 15 to 20 seconds maximum. Repeat one to two times only.


    Impacted crop: The crop will feel much harder than a sour crop. With an eyedropper, apply of small amount of organic vegetable oil (do not use petroleum-based oils) mixed with water into the chicken’s beak may be used to help lubricate the crop contents. However, it is vitally important to ensure the liquid is inserted well past the small hole at the base of the tongue that leads to the hen’s lungs.
    Once the oil is added, the crop can be gently massaged in a downward motion to help further lubricate the crop and move the blockage through the hen. This may take several applications over the course of two days.
     

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