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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Chick Mom x3, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. Chick Mom x3

    Chick Mom x3 In the Brooder

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    Hi all, My name is Nancy and I am so new to backyard chickens. To start,I fed them the wrong food. Like things that were only suppose to be for a little treat. I have one who has thin shelled egg, they are slowly getting better. Got a new coop and one stopped laying altogether 3 months ago. Now the only one that is laying has a possible goiter!!! So welcome to the world of chickens! Any thoughts on what to do? Goiter is kind of scary.
     

  2. Sally Sunshine

    Sally Sunshine Cattywampus Angel <straightens Halo> Premium Member Project Manager

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    Where is this goiter? its not her crop is it?

    pictures always help!

    You are offering calcium chips or oyster shell?
     
  3. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    G’Day from down under Chick Mom x3 [​IMG] Welcome!

    My first thought when reading your post is that the goitre you are referring to may be her crop? I see that Sally also thought this and I agree with her that some pictures may be helpful and definitely calcium chips or oyster shell for the soft shelled eggs.

    What are you feeding them now please?

    How old are your hens?

    Is the hen that stopped laying showing any signs of discomfort or illness? She is not broody or moulting?
     
  4. Pork Pie Ken

    Pork Pie Ken Flockless Premium Member

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  5. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    My first thought is that this is a crop issue not goiter. The crop area looks large after they have eaten. It generally empties over night, so in the morning it would be smaller. If it stays large or hard to the touch, you hen may have an impacted crop. You can put "crop issues," in the search box and see what comes up. If the symptoms sound like what is happening to your hen, you will have a diagnosis and can go from there.
     
  6. redsoxs

    redsoxs Crowing

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    Greetings from Kansas and :welcome! Pleased you joined our community. I am in agreement with the above...a full crop looks pretty freakish...just food waiting to go the gizzard where it gets ground up. Hope that's all it is. Best wishes! :)
     
  7. N F C

    N F C phooey! Premium Member Project Manager

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    Hope the other greeters have calmed your worries.

    Thanks for joining us!
     

  8. BlueBaby

    BlueBaby Crowing

    Hello, and welcome to BYC!
     
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  10. RodNTN

    RodNTN Hatchaolic

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    Hi and [​IMG] I am glad you joined us Nancy!
     

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