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I have a 3 week old Ameraucana that I hatched who started loosing the down around the neck within the last week and it looked red and inflamed , but I thought it was due to feathers coming in. I noticed a scab on the back of the head and thought maybe one of the other chicks pecked it. Now when I look closer it has lumps around back of neck? Any suggestions


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I probably know less than you do, but as I understand it, a lump on the neck (that isn't a crop, of course) could possibly be a ruptured air sac (filled with air, can be caused by injury) a cyst (filled with fluid) or a tumor (hard) There are many different kinds of these that may require different treatment, and there may be other possibilities I don't know about, such as a deposit of some kind. The soft lumps can often be drained, but sometimes come back. If you leave them untreated, the bird may do fine as long as the bumps don't get injured or grow or something, but sometimes they can grow inside the bird without becoming noticeable on the outside of the bird. I've heard some kinds are contagious, so I might quarantine until you know what it is. (I hear there are hundreds of possibilities.) I hope someone more knowledgeable can help better. A description of how it feels might help.
post #3 of 8
Other things that might help are pictures of her droppings and knowing what vaccinations she has had, if any.
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I have a 3 week old Ameraucana that I hatched who started loosing the down around the neck within the last week and it looked red and inflamed , but I thought it was due to feathers coming in. I noticed a scab on the back of the head and thought maybe one of the other chicks pecked it. Now when I look closer it has lumps around back of neck? Any suggestions





 



Did you ever find out what this is? My son says that one his roommates chicks ( which they got from me) has something very similar going on.

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post #5 of 8
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/528559/cause-of-abcess-in-her-head-pictures mentions some things that sound similar, like a kind of blood blister with feather loss that sounds like it can be caused by picking up a chick by the scruff of the neck as done with kittens.
Edited by BugStalker - 3/2/16 at 10:44pm
post #6 of 8
I have found one of my babies have the same thing, not acting lathergic & eating fine
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I treated with blue kote and sprinkled diatomaceous earth food grade into corners of brooder. It's exactly one month later and you would never know... All feathers are grown back in. I don't know if it was from feather plucking or mites, the chick had never been outside and brooder was filled with pine bark chips (which were certified bug free)
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I'm glad it cleared up! smile.png
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