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Odd bump above tail - lethargic, barely eating, drinking, diarrhea

post #1 of 13
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Hey Folks,

 

So my four year old chicken is not doing too great.  Over the past 4 days she's gotten very lethargic and barely eating, drinking, and having runny stool.  Today, I bought some electrolytes / probiotics and fed the mix to her with a syringe.  She's now in a box in my living room.  I did a visual inspection and found something very odd just forward of her tail feathers.  It looks like either a huge "pus bump" or a very very thick/wide feather trying to grow its way out.  Around the bump is all black.  If I try to touch it, it's obvious its causing her pain.  I poured some hydrogen peroxide around the area.  Does anyone know what this could be?   

 

 

post #2 of 13

That looks almost like an ingrown feather, I would try to lance it and see what comes out, peroxide shouldn't be used because it eats the good flesh and the diseased, an it can prevent healing.

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

Given its location, do you think it could be the preening gland?

post #4 of 13

It could be the preening gland but it still is probably infected given how puffed up it is, and if it is causing it pain then there is a probably a problem with it.

post #5 of 13
Thread Starter 

So I gave her a warm water rinse in my garage sink...the black stuff is mostly gone.  It does look like her preening gland and it does cause her discomfort when touching it.  How should I treat an infection?

 

post #6 of 13

Looks like the oil gland. It can become infected, you could try warm compresses to see if it helps.

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/990976/infected-oil-prene-gland-cause-solutions

post #7 of 13

you could try some neosporin.

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Originally Posted by NEGATiZE View Post
 

So I gave her a warm water rinse in my garage sink...the black stuff is mostly gone.  It does look like her preening gland and it does cause her discomfort when touching it.  How should I treat an infection?

 

Looks like she may have a bad case of mites. Do you think she has the northern fowl mite.? The bugs are blackish and extremely tiny and suck blood and can take a bird down. 

post #9 of 13

That is her oil gland.

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

Sad news everyone - shortly after I posted yesterday evening, she passed away.  She lived a great four years.  :(

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