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Bald lump on hen's chest

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by silkie-mom, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. silkie-mom

    silkie-mom Out Of The Brooder

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    Aug 25, 2008
    South central Virginia
    I have silkies and they are laying regularly now.
    However, I was petting one of the hens in the nest today, and felt a golfball size lump on her chest. It's kinda soft....it's also bald on her chest. The rest of her is fully feathered.
    Any ideas? Is this the crop?

    Also, I have one hen that seems fine in every way, other than she has gone bald in a mask like pattern around her face/head.
    None of the others have.

    WTF??

    I am a new chicken mom for the most part.[​IMG]
     
  2. baldie

    baldie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2008
    Douglas, MA
    The ball is the crop and when it is full it can be bare. I would make sure the ball is gone tomorrow before she eats to make sure nothing is impacted.
     
  3. Laskaland

    Laskaland ThE gRoOvY cHiCkEn

    Aug 2, 2008
    Nebraska
    what baldie said... some chickens get bigger than others some you never even see... She probably just binged before you picked her up...
     
  4. silkie-mom

    silkie-mom Out Of The Brooder

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    OK...But what if she has an impaction? Do i go to the vet with her?
     

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