blueheaven

Songster
10 Years
Mar 10, 2009
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just got home from vacation.
my chicks are seven weeks old.
i noticed a hard "lump" on a few of the chickens right side of their breast bone. it is like a ball. a hard ball. it is very strange.
any ideas? is it normal?
 

Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
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Sounds like it's their crop. It is kinda like a pre stomach where food is stored. perfectly normal. It will fill up when they eat, and empty overnight.

Imp
 

blueheaven

Songster
10 Years
Mar 10, 2009
336
2
139
Central Indiana
but is it hard like that?
i was thinking that that is what it could be b/c i just gave them rice. but wow...it was sooo hard and protruding.
 

hen-thusiast

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Utah
My guess is it's a full crop too. We freaked out the first time we found a "lump", it's perfectly normal.
 

Imp

All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle
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Quote:Rice is OK for chickens. If you mean hard like a stone, that may be a problem. But since you said a few of them, and hard like a ball, I'm pretty sure it's full crop. It is a little freaky though.

Imp-Imagine if people had crops
 

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