Originally Posted by LadyCatChick
Thank you for responding. The mass is hard and seems to go down one side of her neck. I have been giving her Tylon shots, as we thought it could be an inner ear infection. She has had the Tylon for 4 days now and we aren't seeing much improvement. She wants to drink like crazy and need assistance to do so. I've also been giving her crumble mixed with water. I have a mixed flock with about 60 chickens, so I am not sure of her age. I think about a year old. I am not sure how to tell if her crop is enlarged! I'll look that up. Both sides were swollen at one point, but one has gone down completely. She wants to walk, but walks backwards and falls over. I feel terrible for her. Any help or advice is great!
The mass being hard could be a tumor, or possibly an abscess with hardened pus. You could take her to a vet or lance the mass and try to squeeze out something. If you get pus, it is probably an infection, but if you only get blood, it may be a tumor. The crop is located on the right upper chest under the neck, and fills up normally during the day while eating and drinking, then should be mostly empty by morning. Feel of the crops on your other chickens at night on the roost so you will know what is normal.
Walking backward and loss of balance can be a neurological sign of wry neck. That can be from a head injury, vitamin E and slenium deficiency, or infectious diseases such as Mareks and others. Incidently, Mareks can cause tumors anywhere in the body. Crops can become non- functional in Mareks from tumors. I would give her poultry vitamins in her water with some chopped egg daily for selenium.