lumpy chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mistylady, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Last night I went to get the hens in for the night. I reached down and picked one up and felt a big lump on her lower front neck. I petted another on the neck just above the breast and she had a smaller lump. Another one had a bigger lump. They had all been outside eating grass and bugs. Is this the croup? This morning I didn't feel it on the hen I picked up.
     
  2. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Colorado
    Yes, what you felt is their crop. It is a big buldge at the top part of their chest. It is fuller at the end of the day from eating all day. I too notice it more when my chickens are out free ranging all afternoon. Totally normal.
     
  3. chickenannie

    chickenannie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I read that the food in the crop is being processed throughout the night which is why its small in the morning.
     
  4. mistylady

    mistylady Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you everyone! ((((hugs)))) I feel better! I'd be lost if something was wrong with my girls. They're feathered family.
     
  5. DouglasPeeps

    DouglasPeeps Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 26, 2008
    Colorado
    I totally understand how you feel. It is funny how attached we become to them. Did I mention.......I love my chickens!!!!
     

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