How to tell if chickens have impacted crops


In the Brooder
6 Years
May 19, 2013
I am really new to chickens, and my 3 pullets are only 4 months old, so yesterday, I decided to put timothy hay in their nesting boxes for when they start laying. However, last night I was reading about how you should never give hay to chickens because they get impacted crops if they eat it. Well this morning I went out and threw all of the hay in the composter, but as I was doing it, the chickens were running around eating pieces of hay that dropped. The pieces were pretty long, some as long as 6-8 inches. Do chickens always get impacted crops when they eat hay like this? How long until they're in the clear health-wise (until all of the hay is out of the crop)?


Chicks Galore3

Artistic Bird Nut
11 Years
Dec 16, 2011
They won't always get impacted crop, my chickens eat long grass/hay a lot. Make sure they have access to grit. Feel all of their crops - if they are full and stay that way for more then 24 hours I would begin to worry, especially if the crop is hard.

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