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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickmamat, Apr 5, 2018.
I just want to help as much as I can, and that’s all I could think of.
They SHOULD get the full crop if they are eating well.
I actually worry about any that don't get a full crop.
You had good intentions.
All they’ve had beside their normal feed is meal worms. And I’ve been put then outside during the day and I’m wondering if our dirt is maybe stuck in the crops? I’m checking and almost all of my chicks have HARD crops.
Also remember that the crop will grow as the chickens grow. Adult crops can be massive if they're eating well.
Is hard normal though?
It's hard because it's full. Grit is needed for their gizzard to break down large food stuffs.
They’ve stuffed themselves full, they should be empty by morning. As long as they have water, they’ll be fine and hungry all over again. Do they have grit or access to dirt with small rock in it?
Think of your stomach after thanksgiving. It's hard because it's full too.
They do have access to dirt, I put them outside every day for 3-4hrs.