1. blueheaven

    blueheaven Songster

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    Mar 10, 2009
    Central Indiana
    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?
     
  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    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
     
  3. blueheaven

    blueheaven Songster

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    Mar 10, 2009
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    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.
     
  4. hen-thusiast

    hen-thusiast Songster

    Apr 8, 2009
    Utah
    My guess is it's a full crop too. We freaked out the first time we found a "lump", it's perfectly normal. [​IMG]
     
  5. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    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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