11 May 2011

As the chicks develop you may notice a swelling at the base of the esophagus. This area is known as a crop and is a storage area where food can be held for later digestion. In the attached 2009 photo of one of our chicks, you can see the crop protruding from the neck. The crop enables a chick to eat as much as possible as other chicks might take its food. Also, the crop allows a chick to go longer between meals if necessary.


The 2009 photo shows a chick that is 2-1/2 weeks old. Soon our trio will look like this in about 10 days.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

The older chicks appear to be crowding out the smallest one at the afternoon's feeding.

moderator said...

Typical. The smallest chick, MT, was at the front of the line this morning and held its own against its siblings.

Anonymous said...

It is so unusual for me to see one of the chicks not feeding with the other two???

moderator said...

If it is MKD, which is currently in the foreground and the largest chick, it probably is full. MKD was up front eating as much as it could.

Anonymous said...

Neat how deftly the parents keep the sleeping chicks in the shade even when they are off the brood.

Peter