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My pullet rooster has a large mass on his chest

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kara_leigh, May 7, 2011.

  1. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Bradleyville, MO
    I am new to raising chickens. I have had my first group of chickens for almost a week now. They are young pullets, around 5 weeks old. One of them is a Black Copper Maran that is definitely a rooster. He is a very sweet boy, one of the two most friendly in the group, and he is already VERY pretty. Today as I was putting them back in their coop for the night, I noticed that he has a large mass on his chest, about the size of a golf ball, maybe bigger, and perfectly round and somewhat hard.

    Would this just be a full crop, or do I need to worry? He doesn't seem to be in any pain, and before bed was running around, eating like crazy.

    Any advice would be greatly appreciated by this chicken noob. Thanks!!

  2. Hillbilly Hen

    Hillbilly Hen Crowing

    Apr 11, 2009
    Newaygo Michigan
    Sounds like a full crop to me. Check in the morning and see if it is gone.
  3. DickGJ

    DickGJ Songster

    Apr 8, 2011
    Sumter, South Carolina
    Quote:I agree! Full or semi-full crop!
  4. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Bradleyville, MO
    Well, when I let them out this morning his chest was back to normal, so it must have been his crop. Phew! I was really worried! Now, of course, he's been a pig and it's all swollen again. haha That boy loves to eat!

  5. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    Yep, he's a piggie-hog! I remember being pretty nervous the first time I saw it, lol.

    BTW, a pullet is a female, up to about a year old, then she's a hen.
    A cockeral is a young male, up to about a year old, then he's a rooster.
    So technically, a pullet rooster doesn't exist. What you have is a greedy little pig! [​IMG]

    It takes a while to get all the terminology down. The FAQs, found on the Index page, also have all the crazy abbreviations listed.
  6. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Bradleyville, MO
    Oh, sorry! I thought that pullet meant any chicken under a year. Oops. [​IMG]
  7. Posh Chickens

    Posh Chickens Songster

    Feb 24, 2011
    West Midlands, UK
    Yes, it would be the crop, last night whilst I was locking the hens up, my White Leghorn had a HUGE Crop! I couldn't even fit it in my hand, she was sitting on the perch with a huge lump! It was so funny! [​IMG]

  8. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

    Jan 8, 2011
    Tampa Area, Florida
    Quote:You will learn chicken terminology in no time. [​IMG] Never hesitate to ask for a definition if you need one.

    I remember the first time I saw a big "lump" on my little rooster. I was convinced he had a tumor. [​IMG] Turns out he is a piggy too.
  9. kara_leigh

    kara_leigh Songster

    May 3, 2011
    Bradleyville, MO
    I thought he had a tumor at first also. haha I googled it and learned about the crop.
  10. My husband came and told me that something was wrong with my hen. I said "Is it a lump?" and he said 'Yes', and I said "Is it just below the neck, in the front?" and he (amazed!) said 'Yes!'. He thought I was psychic [​IMG]

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