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#1 2012-07-12 23:23:54

prairiedawns
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From: Kinistino, SK, Canada
Registered: 2012-05-24
Posts: 83

Weird chests

I just noticed that most of my chicks have a lump on one side of their chest.  Is this one side of the breast developing faster than the other, or something I should be worried about?  Just thought it was weird that almost all the chicks have it, and I never noticed it with my other batch...

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#2 2012-07-12 23:59:08

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
Registered: 2011-06-28
Posts: 2540

Re: Weird chests

I'm pretty sure you are seeing their crops. Is on the right side? Look and feel it just before feeding them. It will be small and soft. After they have eaten their fill, it will be hard and buldgey.

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#3 2012-07-13 01:06:45

skeffling lavender farm
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From: Wiarton, ON, Canada
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Re: Weird chests

Sounds like the crop (food catching belly) to me.  The other time they probably hadn't just eaten like this time!

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#4 2012-07-13 02:44:17

Maggiesdad
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From: Louisa County, Virginia
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Re: Weird chests

Amazon chickens...  :whistle:

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#5 2012-07-13 04:41:01

Prairie Chick
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From: Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan
Registered: 2012-03-27
Posts: 261

Re: Weird chests

I agree, probably the crop.  When you butcher a chicken you will understand better =D


Chickens:  EO's, BLRW, Ameracauna's (blue/black/splash also Lavender) and lavender D'Uccles
Waterfowl: Super dewlap Africans, Seb's, American Blue Geese, Muscovies,
also guinea fowl and peafowl

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#6 2012-07-13 13:30:31

prairiedawns
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From: Kinistino, SK, Canada
Registered: 2012-05-24
Posts: 83

Re: Weird chests

Whew, GOOD!  I was a little creeped out. :shock: Thanks all...

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#7 2012-07-13 13:45:17

skeffling lavender farm
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Re: Weird chests

When they get much older and are eating scratch, and you pick them up you can sometimes feel the grains like marbles through the crop :sick: 

The crop is a good indicator of health or ill health.  If it is ever really huge like orange to grapefruit sized, it can be a sign there is a blockage or impaction.  If you have a sick or injured one and you can't feel the crop, it is not eating or likely drinking and needs help.  If you have a bird you are worried about and you pick it up and the crop feels normal (you'll get used to how they should feel) then you can probably stop worrying. =D

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#8 2012-07-13 15:38:27

prairiedawns
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From: Kinistino, SK, Canada
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Re: Weird chests

Haha!  What an amateur, eh?!  MD, your answer was by far the most informative :lol:

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#9 2012-07-13 20:19:12

Susan
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From: Saskatoon, Sask, Canada
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Re: Weird chests

Every question is a good one! Never be afraid to ask. We all have questions and this is a great site for info and support. :)

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#10 2012-07-14 03:38:45

prairiedawns
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From: Kinistino, SK, Canada
Registered: 2012-05-24
Posts: 83

Re: Weird chests

I guess so...I once heard that the only dumb question is the one you don't ask...:wise:

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#11 2012-07-14 12:59:01

Prairie Chick
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From: Qu'Appelle Saskatchewan
Registered: 2012-03-27
Posts: 261

Re: Weird chests

prairiedawns wrote:

the only dumb question is the one you don't ask...:wise:

Good one :thumbs:


Chickens:  EO's, BLRW, Ameracauna's (blue/black/splash also Lavender) and lavender D'Uccles
Waterfowl: Super dewlap Africans, Seb's, American Blue Geese, Muscovies,
also guinea fowl and peafowl

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