slow crop?

AndreaS

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Good morning everyone!

The paranoid new chickie momma is back with another question!
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Is it normal for a weaker chick to have a slow working crop? My little Bernice is a 11 day old salmon faverolles chick. She is with 4 other girls of the same age, all of whom are twice her size, even the other salmon faverolles. She had a rough start. I had to seperate her a few days after she arrived and baby her a bnit to get her up and going. She is fine now, and has been back with the other girls since Saturday night. She was getting pushed away from the feeder by the bigger girls (they don't bully or Peck at her though) so on Tuesday I added another feeder and waterer to the brooder so she would get enough to eat. Wednesday night I noticed her crop was full and hard so I took their food out for the night. In the morning it was a little puffy, but smaller and no longer hard. I put the food back and went to work. Last night it was the same thing, large and very hard. I took the food out again last night and massaged her crop a bit. She was eating and drinking and pooping just fine, and I gave her so yogurt last night when I took their crumbles out. This morning her crop is no longer hard, but maybe a little gritty/grainey.

One other thing, on Wednesday I gave them a little container of parakeet grit because I wanted to be able to give them treats soon. They all gobbled it up, especially Bernice. I did not give them anymore.

Could she have eaten too much grit? Or is it normal for some chicks to have a slower working crop?

I'm a little scared now to give them free choice food again, thinking that since I have taken it away from them twice they might eat too much/ too fast and get impacted. I am going to scramble them an egg this morning and give them
 

AndreaS

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11 Years
Mar 5, 2010
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Hurdle Mills, NC
Continued-

Access to the crumbles for short intervals this morning before work.

How should I reintroduce food to them safely?
Should I be worried/ keep a close eye on Bernice because of the slow working crop, or will she grow out of it? Is this common?

Thank you!!!!!!!!
Andrea
 

Pet Duck Boy

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Dec 12, 2009
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I've never had any problems like that. One of my chicks did eat enough to fill the crop, and it became hard. It eventually went away over the course of 2 days. The crop is the pre-stomach, acting as a food softener. After being in the crop for a certain amount of time it passes to the gizzard. Where food is grinded up.
 

AndreaS

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11 Years
Mar 5, 2010
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Hurdle Mills, NC
Thanks pet duck boy
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I understand the basics of how the crop works, am just worried about possible impaction. I'm glad to know in your chick it went away within a day or two.....wasn't sure how long it was OK for a crop to stay full for.
 

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