Large lump on chicken's breast

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sundari, Jun 4, 2010.

  1. Sundari

    Sundari Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2009
    Denver, CO
    My one-year-old RIR has a large lump on her breast. I noticed it yesterday. It's slightly soft if I push on it. She doesn't seem to be experiencing any discomfort.

    It's roughly egg-sized. Is there any way she could have an egg stuck up there? It's pretty much right over her breastbone.

    Many thanks!!
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Is it on the right side between the neck and breast?

    If so it is the crop, and is perfectly normal. That is where chickens store food before digestion.

    It should fill up during the day while they are eating and go away by morning.

  3. Sundari

    Sundari Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 18, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Yes, it is! Just right of center, above her breastbone and below her neck.

    Whew... if it is the crop, that's such a relief. I swear that it feels like the exact size and shape of an egg, but maybe I was just freaking myself out. [​IMG]
  4. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    My chickens don't really show a large lump. Every once in a while someone will post a pix of a huge crop, like baseball sized. It kinda freaks me out a little. [​IMG]


    BTW- soft is good, If it is hard like a rock, it can be impacted.
  5. watersoflethe

    watersoflethe Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 28, 2010
    Corona/Mira Loma CA
    Quote:yea i think the crop tends to be around egg sized actually now that i think about it... never thought about it like that
  6. SouthernChick

    SouthernChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 12, 2009
    It's her crop where the food she eats goes. totally normal.
  7. Rikki

    Rikki Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 24, 2012
    Thanks so much for this thread! Cindy the Leghorn (who is, believe it or not, at 8 weeks old brooding two infant chicks) all of a sudden got a lump on her right side. Started freaking out there for a minute.
  8. klmclain1

    klmclain1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2011
    My girls allllllll get HUGE crops! They look so lopsided it's funny!
  9. AmyLM

    AmyLM Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2011
    Buckley washington
    lol mine all get huge crops when ever they find something they REALLY like to eat and turn into little piglets in discise ;) Last time it was when I turned over a log in their run and there were worms, buggies, and a giant grub *shudders* that was as big as a quarter. Boy.. was that a feeding frenzy!

    Its so funny to watch them waddle around with a full crop. Reminds me of my grampa after thanksgiving dinner unbuttoning his pants before flopping down to watch football.
  10. GeorgeBenavides

    GeorgeBenavides Out Of The Brooder

    Apr 30, 2013
    how funny here I thought my hen was gonna lay a jumbo egg tomorrow until I read this , she must have just eaten alot. LOL

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