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Impacted crop in baby chick?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by beameuplord, Oct 21, 2007.

  1. beameuplord

    beameuplord In the Brooder

    May 8, 2007
    Hi everyone,

    My silkie FINALLY hatched one healthy chick after several failures. But I noticed yesterday that it had this lump on it's chest that seemed to be getting larger. Ignorant soul that I am, I just knew I had a peep with a tumor, but my friend told me it was it's crop.

    I was afraid it was impacted because it was very distended and hard, so I followed the prodecure on a site someone here recommended and inserted a small bit of oil into the drop and massaged just in case it was impacted.

    This was probably recommeded for an older chicken. Do you think I could have done some harm? If I hurt my one and only peep, I'll just die ! But she seemed OK.

    thanks, TJ
  2. arlee453

    arlee453 Songster

    Aug 13, 2007
    near Charlotte NC
    Hmmm... the crop can get pretty large in a chick as they eat, but that doesn't necessarily mean impacted.

    If you could post a pic, that might help. [​IMG]
  3. beameuplord

    beameuplord In the Brooder

    May 8, 2007
    Hi Arlee, I wondered if it maybe normal, but I can't remember by first chicks having such a large lump under their neck. Gee, I hope I didn't do anything to hurt her. she seemed fine and I only massaged her a few minutes very gently. It seemed to be softer and somewhat smaller afterwards. I don't have a pic, and not very good at posting one anyway.


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