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Is this normal

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by littlechick2000, May 23, 2016.

  1. littlechick2000

    littlechick2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    i have a cuckoo maran who is quite fat. There's a bit of fat that sags off her chest and it's bigger than any other chickens I've ever seen. I just need to make sure this is ok.
     
  2. Rod-T

    Rod-T Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a picture
     
  3. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    What you described as her chest is her crop. It is her stomach. Can you feel what's inside? Is it hard? Sandy textured? Fluid? Empty? (I doubt it's empty if sagging...) ive had a few like this and I think it has something to do with blockage in the digestive system. Its like the crop builds up till eventual... um... death...
    Maybe someone else could!D say a cure, but I really don't know. Id suggest feeding some yogurt or something to help with digestion :)
     
  4. littlechick2000

    littlechick2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG]this is trouble. I felt it and it feels like of like fluid. It's not sandy feeling
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  5. ChickenLover200

    ChickenLover200 Overrun With Chickens

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    Id rub it for a while and see if she can digest anything.
    Did you try any yogurt? That might help... I wish I could tell you more, but I'm still researching this myself :(
     
  6. littlechick2000

    littlechick2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok I will try both of those later. Thank you for the advice. The only problem I'll have is trying to give her the yogurt with 9 other chickens in the pen[​IMG]
     
  7. ChickenLover200

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    lol. Yeah... I'm sure it wouldn't hurt them to have a little too though :p
     
  8. FunOnABun

    FunOnABun Out Of The Brooder

    You may be dealing with sour crop...smell around her face/beak (very closely) to see if you can detect any kind of odor. How old is she? I thought one of my girls had sour crop last year when she had a huge, squishy (liquidy) crop and was acting strange, but she was just on the verge of laying her first egg and had too much water to drink...
     
  9. lazy gardener

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    Unless the crop is pendulous in the morning, after fasting all night, you don't have a problem. Have you checked her in the morning? Be sure to take feed away in the evening, and then check the following morning. Sometimes people get worried about their birds b/c they are not familiar with normal anatomy and physiology of the species! Some birds are just naturally more piggish, and load their crops more than others. My birds all look like that at the end of the day when the pickin's are good!
     
  10. littlechick2000

    littlechick2000 Out Of The Brooder

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    I will check for sour crop when I get home and I'll check her in the morning tomorrow. She's only 10 weeks old starting tomorrow. I just haven't ever had a chicken have this problem and I've never had a maran before.
     

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