Um, this is either an emergency or totally normal...

Patoot

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Aug 20, 2010
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So I was putting up the girls for the night and Hennie jumped up next to me so I picked her up. I noticed she had a lump on her neck. I don't usually pick them up at night so this could be something that's there at night, but it freaked me out. It felt like she had swallowed a softball and it was slightly to the right. Is this her crop? For reference I picked up another one and she had something similar, but much, much smaller. Please tell me this is just what a crop feels like when it's full and it's normal. Thanks!

Bree
 

canada-goose

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It's probably normal. Try smelling her breath though, if the smell nearly makes you sick, it might be impacted crop.
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Patoot

Songster
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Aug 20, 2010
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Okay thanks. I never knew what a crop was until I came here. I assumed it was that, but I wanted to make sure. My she is a little piggy. I will check it in the morning to make sure it's okay, but I think that was it. I'm a paranoid new mother.
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Bree
 

Country4ever

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Bree......I thought the same thing when I first got chickens! I thought it was a tumor and got really upset.
I loved the title of your post "this is either an emergency or totally normal".
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My chickens eat right when they get up too, so if her crop is still big in the morning....you might feel it a little later in the morning.
 

Patoot

Songster
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Aug 20, 2010
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Okay, all clear this morning! Guess it's just me learning about chickens and normal stuff. Thanks!

Bree
 

gryeyes

Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers
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Oh, I so remember thinking one of my chicks had a tumor in its neck! Luckily, I also posted on BYC and was reassured by members! And in the morning, allll better, just like they said. Whew!

Thank goodness for BYC. I would have had SUCH a more tumultuous experience raising and keeping my chickens!!!!
 

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