my hens have large lumps

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CovenantCreek, Dec 24, 2008.

  1. CovenantCreek

    CovenantCreek Chicks Rule!

    Oct 19, 2007
    Franklin, TN
    I don't know if the pics caught it well enough for you to see, but my girls seem to have large, fluid filled lumps -- on one hen it seems to be centered, but the other 2 seem to be more to one side.


    There doesn't seem to be any pain associated with the lumps and the girls don't show signs of being sick.

    Anyone have any ideas?
  2. chickflick

    chickflick Crowing 11 Years

    Mar 10, 2007
    You seem to be feeding them very well. Their crops are full. It's where the food goes before being processed.... We all went thru that when we first got chickens. Merry X mas
  3. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    They have full crops! They look normal, but I have had a hen become very distended after she had been mauled by a dog many years ago. I had to have her euthanized several months later.

    Your hens will normally fill up pretty big before roosting for the night.
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member 11 Years

    That is their crop where food goes. If you catch them first thing in the a.m. before they've had time to eat, you'll see they are considerably smaller. Not to worry!
  5. BJ

    BJ Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    The crop
  6. Ellie_NY_chick

    Ellie_NY_chick Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    Finger Lakes, NY
    I remember the first time I had that happen - I thought the poor thing had cancer or something. Nothing to worry about as long as they're acting okay and it goes down in the morning.

    Crops can become impacted, though.
  7. funonahonda

    funonahonda Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    Central Ohio
    Nothing to worry about!
  8. Jena

    Jena The Welsh Witch

    Nov 2, 2008
    That is their foodstore.

    lol....too late at night for me, it is either the crop or something similar. But this is where they break down the food for digestion I think.

    Clearly I am not technical tonight, I do apologise my brain takes a holiday about an hour after I take my painkillers at night.

    Someone else can tell you more accurately but it is nothing to worry about. So I wanted to attempt to put your mind at rest.

  9. funonahonda

    funonahonda Songster

    Apr 12, 2008
    Central Ohio
    The chicken on the left, it's eye looks really blurry hope its just the picture.
  10. orcasislandchickens

    orcasislandchickens Songster

    Jul 9, 2008
    Normal. They are happy with full bellys. Good job on such happy healthy looking chickens have a Merry Christmas.

    Oh and you did a good job posting the pictures. It is so much easier for everyone to help when the problem is so cleary illustrated.
    Last edited: Dec 24, 2008

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