HAT­TIE’S HENCYCLOPAEDIA

Your Chickens - - Egg-sposé -

Chick­ens have their own lan­guage – and so do chicken peo­ple! Do you ever won­der what a word in Your Chick­ens means? Here’s Hat­tie to the res­cue with her own hencyclopaedia! The Crop When a chicken swal­lows food it goes into a pouch at the base of its throat. The food stays there un­til the chicken is ready to start di­gest­ing it. When your chick­ens have had a good feed, you’ll see their crops bulging.

If a chicken eats the wrong food there may be prob­lems in the crop. These can be se­ri­ous and the chicken will have to go to the vet. Mouldy feed can cause an in­fec­tion called sour crop – the chicken will have bad breath and seem un­well. Long grass (or string) can block the crop and stop food from be­ing di­gested. The chicken could starve if this isn’t treated.

Check your chick­ens’ crops reg­u­larly. The best time to do this is in the morn­ing when the crop should be empty and loose. A blocked crop stays swollen and feels firm, even if the chicken hasn’t eaten for a while.

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