my duck has a big chest

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by pikachu, Nov 13, 2016.

  1. pikachu

    pikachu New Egg

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    hello everyone, my names Ruth. i recently bought two ducklings (4 -weeks old) and I've notice one of the ducks has a bigger chest. my dad said its cause shes over eating. should i worry?? what can i do for her?
     
  2. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Hello, Ruth, and welcome to Backyard Chickens! Can you post a picture of her? Is her large chest more on the right side? I'm guessing she is probably just a higher duck in the pecking order and therefor eats more than the rest. If you feel the lump, does it feel like it has little bits of food in it? I hope you enjoy BYC! :cd
     
  3. TroyerGal

    TroyerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Welcome to BYC! That lump would probably be her crop, where their food is broken down (birds don't have stomachs) [​IMG]
     
  4. CuzChickens

    CuzChickens CountryChick

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    Yep, that's what I'm thinking as well. I guess I never actually said crop in my post. I just called it the lump. :lol: I should go to sleep and come back when I've got all duck terms straight.
     
  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Maybe you can get your dad to read the comments here, so he knows she isn't too fat. Usually the crop goes down over night, so she may look slimmer then.
     
  6. Fluffers

    Fluffers Chillin' With My Peeps

    What are you feeding her? I know adult ducks at parks and such get fed too much bread and their crop gets big, maybe it is like that for ducklings
     
  7. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you.
     
  8. N F C

    N F C dem crazy bones Premium Member

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    Thank you for joining us, hope you are enjoying your ducks!
     
  9. redsoxs

    redsoxs Chicken Obsessed

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    Greetings from Kansas and [​IMG]! Great to have you in our community! Hope your duck is okay! [​IMG]
     
  10. Bills vs Beaks

    Bills vs Beaks Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome!
    Try wetting the feed so it "preswelled", it might help. The ducklings love it that way too. I wouldn't worry to much though
    Good luck
     

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