The right side of their breast is larger!?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by lablover, May 25, 2012.

  1. lablover

    lablover Songster

    Apr 7, 2012
    So I kinda freaked when I realized that several of my 8 week old chicks looked lopsided and over-developed on the right side of their breast. Is that normal? Is that where the crop is? Do they need more grit?
  2. Cheeky Chick

    Cheeky Chick Songster

    Apr 29, 2012
    Long Island, NY
    It's their crop! It should empty and fill. Before sleep they usually fill up to carry them over. Don't squeeze it!

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  3. lablover

    lablover Songster

    Apr 7, 2012
    I don't think I squeezed it! The right side always seems to be bigger though... During the day, they don't eat as much of their crumbles as they are outside and eat grass and bugs while they run around like crazy. Would it help if they had access to actual sand as opposed to whatever they find in the dirt?
  4. RonC

    RonC Songster

    Feb 28, 2012
    They can often find small pebbles in dirt. They love to dust bathe in sand so adding some to their enviroment wouldn't hurt. Chick grit is cheap and will last a long time depending on how many you have. I bought 10 lbs(price break) when my six were about 2-3 weeks old. They are now about 12 weeks and I still have over half of what I purchased. Their crop can look quiet large after they eat, it's normal.

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