6 Week old Chick with Mass/Abcess on chest - UPDATE!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KimKimWilliamso, Apr 20, 2012.

  1. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about picture quality. I have posted a couple times in recent days in random threads about one of my Buff Orpington chicks behaving ill. Even after Tetracycline in the water for several days, syringe fed mash and water, she is not recovering. She sits in a sleepy, wobbly state all day. She does go to the feeder and peck at the food, but I cant say for sure if she is actually eating. Her eyes are half closed all the time, she breathes with her whole body, and when I hold her to my ear I can hear her weezing a little. I assumed respiratory infection, and set a humidifier next to her hospital cage, and continued the Tetracycline because it says it treats respiratory disease. But today, she still doesnt look any better, so I picked her up, and examined her. Firstly, I noticed bubbles coming from her nares, so I rinsed those away, and thought again maybe respiratory infection. But then I started running my fingers along her body. I felt a pea sized mass on her chest. I seperated her feathers to take a look, and sure enough, right there to the Left of her keel bone there was what appears to be a large abcess or scab (maybe she was picking at it) on a hard lump. It is about the size of a pea, or slightly larger, which is pretty big for a 6 week old chick. She doesnt react when I manipulate it, and after squeezing it I was not able to get any fluid out of it. I checked the other Buff Orp, and she has nothing even similar. Could this be the cause of her illness? What could it be? i think its too far down to be crop impaction......plus they have access to dirt/grit when outdoors and have only had soft foods like yogurt and wet bread. Im off to do some google searching, but I thought Id bounce it off Ye Ol' Wise ones here at BYC. Thanks in Advance.
     
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  2. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG]She is so ill she will literally let me place her on her back like this, and she wont struggle. :(
     
  3. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, a few google searches of chicken anatomy and I have learnt that the crop of a chicken is located significantly lower than the crop of a parrot, with whom all of my bird experience is with. So, this abcess area is actually right about where the picture says the crop is located, which means this poor girl probably has crop impaction, which is INSANE since I cant imagine how. Worst part is, Im not sure how to address it when it is this far along. Plus, the mass/abcess if on the LEFT side, not the right as commonly mentioned in the searches I have read.

    Any suggestions on how to help her out at this stage? Olive oil??? I thought I was being so attentive to prevent this issue.

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  4. nurse_turtle

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    Impacted crop doesn't cause any kind of skin lesion. That chick is actively dying. I would assist its exit and end the suffering. It could be any number of things, possibly a cancer.
     
  5. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I thought maybe she had been picking at it, and that caused the lesion. I have read that can be common with crop impaction, the bird is bothered by the impaction and picks at it.......But you may be right. I am going to take a closer look. If it doesnt appear resolvable, I will dispatch her.....now to figure out the best way.
     
  6. KimKimWilliamso

    KimKimWilliamso Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Okay, so I have examined her further. I cant seem to get any better pictures for you, but after touching and manipulating the area a bunch, it appears that it is actually a mass. To look at the mass, it actually appears to have grown on top of her skin, as apposed to be a lump UNDER her flesh, like a crop impaction would be. It is actually a raised area. When I pinch it between two fingers and lift, I am able to feel where it ends and starts on the flesh, and it is actually a rather flat, hard circle sitting atop the flesh. After seeing this, I tried to aspirate it a little with a small gauge needle, and got no fluid out of it. She had a few poo's during this ordeal, all of which were mostly fluid, but with a small amount of poo. Really liquidy. She is still weezing.....breathing hard. I just cant imagine what it is. I would hate to dispatch her if it was just crop imaction, but I would think the crop impaction would appear to be more UNDER the flesh, a protruding lump. This is more like a mole or something that has abcessed, above the flesh. I cant imagine how it is affecting her breathing, as it seems to go no deeper than her flesh.......I checked ther est of her body and I see no visible irregularities. I suppose I will think on it for a few hours. She has been ill like this for several days......why hasnt she died?
     
  7. KimKimWilliamso

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    Would REALY LOVE some further input.....
     
  8. SmallFarmChick

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    Is it her crop that's imacted? Does her breath smell bad???
     
  9. Chickann

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    I've had meat birds with chest abscesses. That didn't seem to bother it at all, in fact thee was no sign of it til I noticed during processing. Perhaps the lesion is unrelated to her illness, like she got this because she hasn't been up and about and lying on her breast alot? I really don't have anything else to contribute, since I very seldom try to save sick birds and cull almost immediately.
     
  10. I would say end its suffering, lay it on a brick, grab a machete, and whack its head off. Do it quick and do it right.
     

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