starter crumbles and full crops?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by laurenlulu, Mar 10, 2009.

  1. laurenlulu

    laurenlulu Songster

    Feb 5, 2009
    I'm a chicken idiot- my last experience with birds was working at Petco as a teen.

    I have 3 chicks who are just about 2 weeks old. They seem to have really full crops, that are kind of off to the side of their chest/neck. Is that normal? All they are eating is chick starter crumbles, and I threw in a little parakeet grit because their crops were freaking me out. I have 2 week old silkies who don't have that going on... but they're tiny so maybe they have tiny crops??
  2. backintime

    backintime Songster

    Apr 7, 2008
    Northern Wisconsin
    Yeah, they look pretty lopsided and funny with full crops. They bulge out on the right side after feeding, and you can actually feel the "texture" of the lumpy food if you touch it. (Don't press hard, though, you could force food/liquid back up and they could aspirate it!)

    No need for grit until they start eating bugs, worms, people food, etc.
  3. luvmychicknkids

    luvmychicknkids Canning Squirrel

    Mar 6, 2008
    Floresville, Texas
    Or if you happen to put down a puppy pad instead of your normal paper towels and they EAT it.....they might need some grit. Not that I know from experience or anything........[​IMG]
    Last edited: Mar 10, 2009

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