Blood Abscess on Bantam upper leg - Please Help me figure out what is causing it!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by binklet77, Aug 20, 2013.

  1. binklet77

    binklet77 New Egg

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    Hi I have a Bantam of unknown age (she lays eggs) which I inherited 2 months ago. I recently noticed a rather large lesion on her upper leg, up in the area around her leg feathers. I would not have seen it except that I had to give her a bath. When she was wet I finally saw this what appears to be a blood blister about twice the size of a pea. I poked it three times with a hot needle and it bled very little before the pressure of the blister seemed to close the small hole I made so no more blood could escape. She isn't limping and is eating and drinking just fine, I just don't want this abscess to get any worse.
    I live in an area where there are no vets that treat chickens specifically and our state extension office does not have any poultry specialists on staff so I am kinda in the dark here. Could someone look at this photo and help me identify what this is?[​IMG]
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    What does it feel like? Abcesses usually are very soft and filled with puss or purulent drainage. This looks more firm like a hemangioma or a cyst.
     
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    It is hard and I don't believe there is puss in it; it appears to be full of blood. It basically looks like the skin is stretched like a balloon full of blood. She isn't bothered by it at all. I don't know if i should lance it or leave it alone or treat it somehow... it is definitely has blood in it and no puss as far as I can tell.
     
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    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I would leave it alone and see if it slowly is reabsorbed on it's own.
     
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    So what do you think causes those blood-filled cysts? Is there anything I need to look out for that I might be doing wrong in order to prevent this or is this just a random occurrence? Thanks for looking at it for me. :)
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    I have been looking to find something similar, but only found a couple of pictures. Yours doesn't look like these which were thought to be infection or spider bites. I still think leaving it alone is the best treatment, because I think it will either go away or get worse. You have already tried to drain it, and it almost seems like a hemangioma to me. Here is one: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/815169/polish-2mon-infection-spider-bite-cyst-help Here is another picture: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/678581/silkie-rooster-with-possible-abcess-cyst-on-leg
     
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    did you ever find out what this was? did it gradually heal and disappear? we have a brahma that is currently suffering from an egg bound situation and coincidentally has this same blood blister on her leg. we spend a great deal of time with our chickens and didn't notice any symptoms prior to today. we found her this morning with blood running down her leg. she was also exhibiting the following:

    labored breathing
    feathers fluffing
    closing her eyes
    struggling to push out an egg


    i decided not to worry about the blood blister or cyst until i knew if she was going to survive and i also didn't want to give her any further stress. i let her soak in my kitchen sink for 25 minutes this morning in warm water. i also used a syringe to put olive oil in her vent about four times today. i am really hoping she makes it.

    if anyone has any ideas, please help.

    it is rather odd that they blood blister or cyst surfaced the same day she is struggling to lay her egg???? :-( :-(
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Maybe she was pecked by another chicken? Be sure and give your egg bound chicken some calcium soon--this will help her pass the egg. A tums tablet, 1/2 an adult calcium tablet crushed , or some egg shells ground up and mixed with plain yogurt or wet chicken feed fed to her would help.
     
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