NEED EXPERT KNOWLEDGE! Bulge on chest on all my Chicks!

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by valentinebaby, Apr 30, 2009.

  1. valentinebaby

    valentinebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I had to do a heavy clean out in the coop due to the unbelievable rain we've had the past 2 days in North Texas. Prior to cleaning, I gave my 11 chicks (8 and 9 weeks old) about a cup and 1/2 of cracked corn in their run to keep them busy cuz I didn't want them exposed to the DE etc. while I was cleaning. Anyway, just went in to tuck them in for the night and all of them have a large bulge on their right side of their breast. Held two of them and it doesn't feel real hard - I've just never noticed it like this before. Is this due to the fact that they ate the corn and their crop is just full? They have had chick grit today, but I gave them some more just in case. Do you think they will be normal by morning? They all seem their normal happy selves, but that bump thing is weird! Thanks for any advice! Gail
     
  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Yep, crop is full and they are happy! No worries! By morning it will have gone down a good bit. [​IMG]
     
  3. preppy*hippie*chick

    preppy*hippie*chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd bet it's a full crop. Mine freaked me out a bit after their first foraging trip in the yard, but they're all fine.
     
  4. valentinebaby

    valentinebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks so much! I figured that like children, they'll let you know when they don't feel good! It's just so odd looking!
     
  5. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    They should have a dish of grit out all the time so they can have it a will. They probably just have a full crop and it should be down in the morning. Corn does generate heat so I don't feed it in warm weather instead I give wheat.
     
  6. valentinebaby

    valentinebaby Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I now know, I usually give them a bit of oats before bedtime - their favorite - but the corn was in a metal can on the way to the coop and easier... won't be doing that until winter!
     

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