i've read the threads on impacted crop but i still have some questions. my 3 week old chicks have recently been moved to the basement so they can have the run of an entire bathroom, but it means i see them less each day than before. i noticed the past 2 mornings when i was playing with my favorite, Blondie, that it's crop was really full. it's not "rock hard" like some threads said impacted crop was, but it is maybe approaching the "modeling clay" feel. i checked a few of the others and they seem to be the same. my confusion lies in the fact that i'm mostly handling them around feeding times now, so i think it might just be that they are total little piggies and fill their crops up before i check them. so, questions: can a recently filled, but not impacted crop, feel like an impacted crop? can completely healthy seeming chicks (still eating, running around, alert) have impacted crop? how long should it take, from feeding time, for the crop to feel empty again? should i go ahead and take their food out and start treating them or should i stop worrying quite so much? thanks!