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Urgent Normal or not?

Diamondz

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This is my first post on this site, but I really must ask before I book any appointment with the vet just yet. Is this crop normal for a one almost two week old chick? This is my first time breeding cockatiels and I’ve done my research extensively but I don’t think this looks right and perhaps I’ve missed something in my search for information.

the chick is most likely female and she’s often very sleepy and will sleep with her head down but she is also rather active sometimes as well? There is only one chick, which is her. I’m thinking she could have some kind of problem with her crop or being overfed? I let her be fed by her parents for most of the first week before they began pulling her pin feathers it seems (the black spots) so I had to take her to be hand fed instead. I don’t know if I’m doing anything wrong but the crop seems too big for her size? I’m not sure so I would appreciate any insight before setting up an appointment. IMG_1981.jpeg IMG_1980.jpeg IMG_1979.jpeg
 

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I tagged both of them, so they will both see when they log in.
I am in the UK so there's a time difference too.
I hope all goes well :)
 

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It’s not unusual for a young cockatiel to have a crop that looks large in comparison to their body. Mom and dad stuff them full of food so the crop gets stretched. It will reduce as the chick gets bigger. It doesn’t look unusual to me.
 

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Those black spots look like someone has been trying to preen the feathers open a little prematurely and they've bled a little from the tip?

she’s often very sleepy and will sleep with her head down but she is also rather active sometimes as well?
Sounds good. Small chicks need plenty of rest and can literally conk out laying on the side or other funny positions. When they are awake they should have energy until they eat and fall asleep after food.
 
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