swollen heads/necks?

Discussion in 'Incubating & Hatching Eggs' started by fowlwoman1, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Songster

    Mar 29, 2008
    Wenatchee, WA
    I just hatched some buff orpingtons and a few of them have swollen heads or necks. I was wondering if anybody knows what this is or what causes it? when I gently squeeze the swollen part on the neck, it doesn't seem to cause any pain, and it feels firm like muscle.
  2. goatkeepers

    goatkeepers Songster

    Mar 31, 2008
    Mooresville, NC
    That might be exactly what it is-- a muscle. I am no expert but I know that they have a muscle in the back of their necks that contracts when its time to hatch. That's what makes them "convulse" and pip.

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