Bald lump on baby chick shoulder

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HeartofPaso, Feb 7, 2017.

  1. HeartofPaso

    HeartofPaso New Egg

    May 23, 2014
    I noticed the bump shortly after the chic was born. Probably 2 or three days old. It struck as odd because there was no feathers growing on that spot. Now that the chick is two weeks old the spot appears to be bigger and is bulging. If it was the crop wouldn't it be covered by feathers? Also it seems hard. Wondering what the little yellow sacs are just under the skin. Perhaps grain? Just seems a little too odd. [​IMG]



  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    western PA
    My Coop
    that is very odd. take this over to the emergency thread and see what they have to say.
  3. azygous

    azygous True BYC Addict

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Here's what I think this could be. Feather cysts.

    To confirm this hypothesis, Get a strong magnifying lens and take a close look at the yellow cysts. You should see teensy feather shafts doing a 180 back into the skin. If you see this, you should be able to take some fine tweezers and liberate the feather shafts by gently pulling them out of the skin. They should suddenly pop up and out as you pull on them.

    Have some Vetericyn spray handy, and spray the area after you finish "operating".
  4. rebrascora

    rebrascora Overrun With Chickens

    Feb 14, 2014
    Consett Co.Durham. UK
    Do you feed your chicks grains?
    They look like grains inside the crop to me but obviously can't be if you don't feed grains.
    I would be wary of feeding chicks whole grains but they will definitely need access to grit if you do. The size of the grains compared to their infantile digestive system will make it difficult for them to pass through the digestive tract and the gizzard may not be sufficiently developed to break them down.
    It may appear bald because the skin is stretched to such an extent by the bulging crop underneath, perhaps inhibiting feather growth as a result.
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend Staff Member

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    I am so sorry about your baby. [​IMG]

    I am not an expert on this, however I have a hen that gets a lot of ingrown feathers and feather cysts and they don't look like this but again I am not an expert. Does this area feel like it is full of air? Or is she having difficulty breathing? Ballooning of the skin or air under the skin is called Subcutaneous Emphysema. The causes are a ruptured air sac, air gulping or fermentation of food in the crop producing gas. Babies are known known to over eat and sometimes develop crop issues. If so this gas could be leaking under the skin.
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    That is odd...looks close to top of crop but maybe not.
    Can you differentiate this 'growth' from the crop?
  7. MegC

    MegC Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 10, 2016
    South Carolina
    Was that chick vaccinated? I'm a chicken newbie, but a few of my chicks had spots like that, and I attributed it to getting them vaccinated. Feathers grew in normally after a couple weeks, and they're completely fine today. Just a guess!
  8. lazy gardener

    lazy gardener Flock Master

    Nov 7, 2012
    That appears to be the crop, and not the shoulder. How does it look when the crop is empty? If you use a heat lamp, try taking the feed away tonight, and check her crop tomorrow morning. See if it has gone down. If so, it may simply be a spot that is missing feather follicles.

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