New Chicks - Two Neck Issues! (Lumps and Dirty)


In the Brooder
11 Years
Apr 11, 2008
northeast of Houston, TX
Hi all!

Bear with me, please...this is my first year with chickens as an adult.

I got my second batch of chicks for the year last night.
5 Ameraucanas
5 Blue Laced Red Wyandottes
5 Salmon Faverolles
4 Cochins
2 Black Spanish Turkey Poults
2 Lavender Poults

The two lavender poults and one cochin chick (all a week old) have crusty, brown, hard feathers on the front/sides of their necks. Is it just from dirty conditions, or is it more insidious?

I've noticed a lump under the skin on several of the chicks' necks, that would be most understandable if I say it feels like an enlarged gland when you're sick. It's a little right of center...maybe it's the crop? I don't remember feeling it on my Barred Rocks when they were this small. (They're 4 wks now.)

Sorry for the seriously novice questions, I can't seem to find answers anywhere.


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