How do I know if my chicken has an impacted Crop?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tomcoll67, Aug 23, 2014.

  1. Tomcoll67

    Tomcoll67 In the Brooder

    Jul 4, 2014
    I am concerned because 2 of my chicks (age 3 months) seem to have swollen necks or they are purposely making their feathers arranged to make the neck look larger as some kind of dominance thing. I have noticed that they are at the age where they are fighting in the run for dominance and the pecking order to be resolved. If anyone has pictures of impacted crop it would be helpful. Any other advice would be helpful.

  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    An impacted crop will feel hard to the touch, like a hard ball. It will not go down overnight; at night, most chickens have large crops, but the crop goes down by morning. If at any time a crop doesn't empty overnight, the bird may have an impacted crop.
  3. iwiw60

    iwiw60 Crowing

    Jan 27, 2014
    Central Oregon

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