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Hen has a soft puffy lump next to eye *WITH PICTURES*

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Tonight as I was putting my three hens to bed, I noticed for the first time (and I'm very attentive to my girls) a soft, off white lump next to my Ameraucana's right eye.  The other eye is fine.  I brought her into the house and sprayed colloidal silver into it immediately. I looked up swollen eyes etc. online and couldn't find anything with her symptoms.  She's acting completely normal, gobbled down scrambled eggs with added garlic, and is cuddling like usual.  There's no runny discharge, no bubbles, the eye itself isn't swollen at all, it's only the lump that looks to be connected to her tear duct (but nothing is plugged).  I've looked up one eye colds, eye worm, and the like, but I can't find anything that looks like her.  She's my favorite girl, and our oldest (she just turned seven).  I'd do anything to save her.  

Here are a couple pictures:

 

This is her right eye, the one with the lump.  As you can see it's between her eye and beak.

 

Same eye.

 

 

This is her left eye, the one without any swelling.

 

If anyone could help me, I would be so grateful!  Thank you so much.

-Sydney

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I can't help loving old things.  I've grown up on musicals, and living in a house built in 1939 hasn't helped my obsession any.  We have 3 lovely hens:  Tillie the Ameraucana, and Millie and MayBelle, our Buff Orpingtons;  And 3 darling chicks:  Sherlock the Barred Rock, Shrink, the Rhode Island Red, and...

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Give me a Frank Sinatra record, a 50s dress, and a chicken and I'll be perfectly happy.

I can't help loving old things.  I've grown up on musicals, and living in a house built in 1939 hasn't helped my obsession any.  We have 3 lovely hens:  Tillie the Ameraucana, and Millie and MayBelle, our Buff Orpingtons;  And 3 darling chicks:  Sherlock the Barred Rock, Shrink, the Rhode Island Red, and...

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That is very odd.  I am sorry I can't help, as I've never seen anything like this.  Do you have a vet you could possibly take her to?  I think I might consider dabbing it with warm water, careful to avoid her nose.

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You can put a thin strip of Neosporin directly onto the eye 1x/2x a day for a few days.

It could be the start of so many things - so watch & keep clean and the neosporin will hopefully

keep it from poofing out like a balloon or getting yuck infected.

 

Before someone types "don't use the pain relief on hens" The 'caine is what is bad and neosporin doesn't use 'caines.

Pramoxine is okay - check your antibiotic tubes at home before using.

 

Good luck!

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I believe she has a granuloma. I too had an Ameraucana hen with one of those bumps, but hers was right on skin above her beak. The official diagnosis from the vet was that it was a granuloma, which was basically a small nodule filled with immune cells. According to the vet, they occur when the hen's immune system detects a foreign substance in the body, but is unable to completely get rid of it. To protect the body, the cells form a little 'pocket' or 'bubble' around the foreign cells/mass, which results in a granuloma. As long as it doesn't grow or interfere with her sight/eating habits/life in general, she should be fine. It may go away on its own. You could also try treating her with a course of oral antibiotics to see if that helps, but if it's small and doesn't bug her, it might be best to just keep an eye on it (sorry, pun intended) and only treat if it gets worse.
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I can't tell you how much I appreciate all of your responses!

 

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Originally Posted by Breac View Post

I believe she has a granuloma. I too had an Ameraucana hen with one of those bumps, but hers was right on skin above her beak. The official diagnosis from the vet was that it was a granuloma, which was basically a small nodule filled with immune cells. According to the vet, they occur when the hen's immune system detects a foreign substance in the body, but is unable to completely get rid of it. To protect the body, the cells form a little 'pocket' or 'bubble' around the foreign cells/mass, which results in a granuloma. As long as it doesn't grow or interfere with her sight/eating habits/life in general, she should be fine. It may go away on its own. You could also try treating her with a course of oral antibiotics to see if that helps, but if it's small and doesn't bug her, it might be best to just keep an eye on it (sorry, pun intended) and only treat if it gets worse.

This is such a relief that what she has could be what you're saying!  Granted, she may get worse, but at least it's probably not some of the extremely nasty things I've seen online.  Did your Ameraucana come out okay?  Did her granuloma disappear?  Or did it stay?  Thank you so much!  We're taking her to the vet on Wednesday, as today it's closed, and tomorrow I'm watching a little boy all day. 

Thank you!

Give me a Frank Sinatra record, a 50s dress, and a chicken and I'll be perfectly happy.

I can't help loving old things.  I've grown up on musicals, and living in a house built in 1939 hasn't helped my obsession any.  We have 3 lovely hens:  Tillie the Ameraucana, and Millie and MayBelle, our Buff Orpingtons;  And 3 darling chicks:  Sherlock the Barred Rock, Shrink, the Rhode Island Red, and...

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Give me a Frank Sinatra record, a 50s dress, and a chicken and I'll be perfectly happy.

I can't help loving old things.  I've grown up on musicals, and living in a house built in 1939 hasn't helped my obsession any.  We have 3 lovely hens:  Tillie the Ameraucana, and Millie and MayBelle, our Buff Orpingtons;  And 3 darling chicks:  Sherlock the Barred Rock, Shrink, the Rhode Island Red, and...

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Originally Posted by snistersflock View Post

This is such a relief that what she has could be what you're saying!  Granted, she may get worse, but at least it's probably not some of the extremely nasty things I've seen online.  Did your Ameraucana come out okay?  Did her granuloma disappear?  Or did it stay?  Thank you so much!  We're taking her to the vet on Wednesday, as today it's closed, and tomorrow I'm watching a little boy all day. 
Thank you!

My girl got better after a course of antibiotics. The granuloma shrunk down, and it went away entirely about a month after her course of antibiotics finished.
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I had a chick like that and I pressed a little bit on the swelling and 2 little white balls popped out. There was blood but then they were gone. It was as if something had encapsulated there.

I would put antibiotics in the eye such as terramycin or the tri- cant remember the name, one that they have at First State. Press it a little to make sure its not an infection and watch for bubbles in the eye or sinus activity. This could also be the beginning of MG or something like that.

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Thank you guys for your responses!  Tillie, our Ameraucana, is doing great now!  She still has a little bump, but it's going down.  I think it might have been a bug bite of some sort.  Her comb also became very swollen for a few days (right after we noticed the bump), but that's gone down.  

Thanks!

Give me a Frank Sinatra record, a 50s dress, and a chicken and I'll be perfectly happy.

I can't help loving old things.  I've grown up on musicals, and living in a house built in 1939 hasn't helped my obsession any.  We have 3 lovely hens:  Tillie the Ameraucana, and Millie and MayBelle, our Buff Orpingtons;  And 3 darling chicks:  Sherlock the Barred Rock, Shrink, the Rhode Island Red, and...

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Give me a Frank Sinatra record, a 50s dress, and a chicken and I'll be perfectly happy.

I can't help loving old things.  I've grown up on musicals, and living in a house built in 1939 hasn't helped my obsession any.  We have 3 lovely hens:  Tillie the Ameraucana, and Millie and MayBelle, our Buff Orpingtons;  And 3 darling chicks:  Sherlock the Barred Rock, Shrink, the Rhode Island Red, and...

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