When does a crop empty?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Hennyhandler, Jun 6, 2010.

  1. Hennyhandler

    Hennyhandler SilkieJax

    Jun 10, 2009
    Will a crop ever just be totally empty or will it almost always have a little in it if the bird is seperated? I know at night it is supposed to go down because everything is digesting but will it be totally flat?
  2. HorseFeatherz NV

    HorseFeatherz NV Eggink Chickens

    Yes, the crop should be empty in the morning - before the bird gets off the roost. Once off the roost, they tend to start gobbling everything up and the crop fills back up.

    I have a hen, who the previous owners did crop surgery on for a sour crop. Her crop is distended and enlarged – when she really is in a greedy phase it looks like a baseball swinging from her neck. Her crop is empty in the morning but not flat due to the stretched skin.

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