mistylady

Songster
11 Years
Jun 1, 2008
632
5
141
Ohio near Coshocton
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.
 

DouglasPeeps

Songster
11 Years
Feb 26, 2008
1,258
4
171
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.
 

DouglasPeeps

Songster
11 Years
Feb 26, 2008
1,258
4
171
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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