Swollen breast on hen (one side)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Mr.Dad, Mar 15, 2007.

  1. Mr.Dad

    Mr.Dad Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    North Jersey
    Our surviving hen has a swollen right side breast...it's like when the rooster would puff up but only seems to be one side......

    Can someone tell me what this means....

    I didn't notice it till the evening....it seems like it just happened....
  2. blue90292

    blue90292 Songster

    Jan 30, 2007
    Rosharon, TX
    mr. dad. you just have that one hen, right??

    and this being night time, are you sure your hen just doesn't have a full stomach?
  3. Mr.Dad

    Mr.Dad Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    North Jersey
    Quote:We just got another to keep her company.....

    Could it be a full stomach?....

    I guess I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop....
  4. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    It's most likely her crop being full. Check her in the morning and it should be empty.
  5. Mr.Dad

    Mr.Dad Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    North Jersey
    My name is Dennis and I'm a real newbee when it comes to chickens [​IMG]......

    Good thing I don't take myself serious or I'd be embarassed....thanks for the info [​IMG]......
    Last edited: Mar 15, 2007
  6. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Mr.Dad, yep I agree it's just a full crop. They hang down on the side of the breast. We laughed at one of our free range hens today, cause her crop was so full she was walking lopsided trying to carry all the food she found today! [​IMG]

  7. bayouchica

    bayouchica Songster

    Jan 23, 2007
    N.E. Louisiana
    Hey Dennis it's okay [​IMG] You're a great chicken Dad !! [​IMG]

    Have a good evening, Miriam
  8. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Crowing

    HAHA Don't worry, Dennis! I was all worried, too! [​IMG]
    Better to ask the experts!
  9. Mr.Dad

    Mr.Dad Songster

    Feb 2, 2007
    North Jersey
    She seems fine...in fact she's now laying everyday instead of every other [​IMG].....

    Which leads me to another newbee question....

    I've been saving her eggs the last week and a half or so in our fridge......

    At first I discarded them because I didn't know her history but she's been here long enough now that I know what she's been eating etc....

    Should I was the eggs before putting them in our fridge?..or is washing them before cooking them the ideal way...what do I wash them with?

    With having just one hen laying right now is saving them up for two weeks or so ok?
  10. 65browneyes

    65browneyes Songster

    Mar 2, 2007
    If you think about it, which I try not to, how old are the eggs in the store before we get to them? Keeping fresh eggs for a week (or more, even) we still get higher quality, perhaps, than those at the grocery store, in my opinion.

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