Should I worry? Or is it nothing?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Maine-ly, Dec 15, 2009.

  1. Maine-ly

    Maine-ly Out Of The Brooder

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    As I was inspecting my flock of 9 33wk old hens (made up of NH Reds, Buff O, Bantums, Wyndotts), I noticed that one of my buffs had a growth on her left breast. More specifically, it was just under the neck and above the breast. I picked her up to ispect her and it is the size of a baseball (she is a big buff). I was very concerned. I then checked all of my girls and they all have the same thing. But different sizes. Is this normal? How come I never noticed it before. We have not changed anything in their diet. They are all on medicated layer pellets, they are all laying normally. They look healthy; they have bright red combs and are very active. What am I missing? Is is gout?
     
  2. AmyBella

    AmyBella Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am pretty sure that you are feeling the crop. This is like a storage tank for all the food they eat. It is normally full at night or after a big snack and empty in the morning. Here's a link with pictures...

    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=10845

    Baseball size is pretty big, but probably fine... I bet she pigged out right before you felt her. Write back if it has not gone down by tomorrow morning.
     
  3. chickendude

    chickendude Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it possibly a full crop?
     
  4. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Yeah...sounds like full crops to me. Not sure why you've never noticed them before...maybe the birds typically stay pretty puffed up, so it just didn't stand out to you before? If you check them first thing in the morning (assuming they haven't had access to food during the night), it should be back to normal (all digested and passed).
     
  5. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

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    I think you found the crop....they store food there on its way into the bird.
     
  6. Maine-ly

    Maine-ly Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you all for your feedback. I don't know why I've never noticed it before. It makes sense though. My belly does the same thing after a big meal.
     

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