swollen heads/necks?

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

  1. fowlwoman1

    fowlwoman1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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