Silly crop question

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Tiffany, Jul 10, 2010.

  1. Tiffany

    Tiffany Chillin' With My Peeps

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    But im gonna ask cause its better to ask and find out
    than not ask and never know! Where is the crop on a week old chick and how do I check and tell if its full.[​IMG]
     
  2. cterbizan

    cterbizan Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It is on the right of their neck right above the chest. You would be able to see an feel if it is full.
     
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  3. Tiffany

    Tiffany Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ty. Is it a certain color or does it blend?
    Anyone have a good pix of one on a chick?
     
  4. Arcane Araucana

    Arcane Araucana Out Of The Brooder

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    The crop is in the circle of this 3 week old araucana.
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    The crop is at the bottom of their throat and is where their food gets ground up before moving on to the stomach. If they are full, it will bulge out. If they don't get enough grit to grind the food it will feel doughy and they can get sick and stop eating. Hope that helps.
     
  5. Tiffany

    Tiffany Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes that does help ty, now to locate it on my chicks
     
  6. MiniBeesKnees

    MiniBeesKnees Chillin' With My Peeps

    It is a WHOLE lot easier to find than the part of the newborn male chick that will eventually contribute to the rooster doing his duty. All I did was read about that and decided I was going to have to wait for other indications as the chick grew cause I was not looking for that part.

    A full crop is pretty obvious especially if you feel for it. If you didn't know that chicks had crops you'd figure "OH, God!...my chick has a chest tumor on one side!
     
  7. Tiffany

    Tiffany Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lol ok that was a perfect description I found it instantly lol. I had noticed it 2 days ago on one chick and was concerned lol
     

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