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

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Patoot, Oct 18, 2010.

  1. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2010
    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!

  2. Princess Amri

    Princess Amri Is Mostly Harmless

    Jul 16, 2009
    best coast
    It's probably normal. Try smelling her breath though, if the smell nearly makes you sick, it might be impacted crop. [​IMG]
  3. sheila3935

    sheila3935 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 10, 2010
    Stonington, illinois
    Hennie just got through eating alot. My girls crops are always large at night
  4. myfivegirls

    myfivegirls Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 12, 2009
    Delhi, NY
    Yup. That's their crop. It varies how big it is from chicken to chicken, depending on how much they just ate.
  5. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2010
    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. [​IMG]

  6. Country4ever

    Country4ever Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 26, 2007
    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". [​IMG]
    My chickens eat right when they get up too, so if her crop is still big in the might feel it a little later in the morning.
  7. Patoot

    Patoot Chillin' With My Peeps

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

  8. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

    Jun 11, 2007
    Quote:Yay! Piggy chickens.
  9. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    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!!!!
  10. Liamm_1

    Liamm_1 Chillin' With My Peeps

    ok, this must be what I felt when my chicks were about a month old. I thought it was a tumor, near the top of the breast area, figured they're just bony and need to develop still.

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