Please Help I think my chicks are gonna die!

Chicken0Boy

Songster
9 Years
Feb 27, 2010
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3
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Upstate of South Carolina
Ok, so I think most of my chicks have an impacted crop! How do I know if they do? Do any of who have pics of a chick with and impacted crop and one without? Please help! I am so scared!
 

SpringChickens

Songster
11 Years
Feb 1, 2009
2,267
15
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Lexington, KY
If you're really scared, you can take away their feed for a few hours. Likely, they just finished a big meal. A crop will normally fill and empty as the chicks eat. If they're still running around and looking alert and healthy, they will probably be fine.
 

Chicken0Boy

Songster
9 Years
Feb 27, 2010
1,142
3
161
Upstate of South Carolina
ok I am gonna take their feed away. I am so scared They ran out of food sometime during the night, and I fed them when I woke up, so that might be it. I sure hope so. Thanks for helping me!
 

TXmom

Songster
11 Years
Dec 3, 2008
1,505
12
161
Sealy, TX (West Houston area)
I think it's highly unlikely that most of your chicks have impacted crops. I don't think it's a very common problem, unless they've been eating long strands of hay that get wound up inside their crops, or something like that. Like Spring said, they probably just ate a lot and have full crops. Where are they? In a brooder or outside on grass? Are you giving them grit to digest their food (if fed anything other than chick starter)?
 

AHappychick

Wanna-be Farmer
11 Years
Dec 16, 2008
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westchester
unless they got into something they shopuld not have ie: straw, string, plastics, then they are not inpacted just full. if it is the size of a golf ball or gumb ball dont worry they do fill up fast. remove food for a little while and it should go down. if eating only starter feed I would say almost impossible to get impacted crop. but it could happen if they eat a lot of shavings. usually they are not that dumb. Good Luck
 

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