Pullets with full crops?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by albodean, Dec 14, 2016.

  1. albodean

    albodean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2016
    Hi All,

    As I went out this evening to lock up the chicken coop, I noticed all 3 of my pullets looked like they had very full crops and I have never seen them this big before.

    I am assuming it's because I am giving them more feed at the moment because I am in the UK so they aren't free ranging due to the avian flu lock down.

    Is it normal for them to have big, full crops? I'm going to look at them tomorrow when I open the coop and hope they've gone down!


  2. A full crop over night is good....it takes a bird 90 minutes to process feed from beak to poop.....

  3. rosemarythyme

    rosemarythyme Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 3, 2016
    Pac NW
    Full crops before cooptime is the norm for me. I give them open access to feed at all times plus they forage for grass and bugs all day, weather permitting.
  4. FoodFreedomNow

    FoodFreedomNow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mine free range during the day and are fed fermented feed in the morning and in the evening - their crops are full when they go into the coop at night. [​IMG]
  5. Teila

    Teila Bambrook Bantams Premium Member

    Hi there albodean

    Just echoing what others have said .. yep, that is a good thing.

    I have noticed that some days my girls will have bigger crops at bed time than others, obviously depending on whether they had a piggy day or not [​IMG] As long as the crop has emptied overnight, nothing to worry about.

    My gals free range all day and have chicken food and some treats available all day also. I notice that they make a point of topping up just before they hit the roost for the night.
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2016
  6. To be totally honest.......I have not the time to even look at my Birds crops......All I am glad is everyone is in for the night...I fill feed and water and just say....''Good Night, Ladies and Gentleman"!......lol.....Then off to do my other chores....[​IMG]

  7. albodean

    albodean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 27, 2016
    Thanks all [​IMG] Just wanted to check as I haven't seen them like that before!

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