Bump on chicks shoulder (tumor)?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Dawnjanell, Mar 25, 2018.

  1. Dawnjanell

    Dawnjanell Chirping

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    I'm worried about my 4 week old Exchequer Leghorn. She has had bulgy crop off and on but this last week or so It seems to be constant and getting larger. I brought all 4 chicks in tonight so I could feed them treats, bond and check them out and discovered her bulge is visible from behind and looks tumorish. Any ideas? Poor thing is a sweetheart but smaller, and slower then the rest.
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  2. Wyorp Rock

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    Sometimes you can see the crop bulge from behind in chicks since the downy/new feathers don't cover much. I would check to make sure the crop is emptying overnight (full at night/empty first thing in the morning before eating/drinking).

    IF your chicks still are using heat and you are using a lamp, it will be hard to check crop function properly, so check the crop, take out food/water for a few hours, then re-check to see if it has reduced in size.

    Also making chick grit (crushed granite) available free choice is never a bad idea, even if your chicks are only eating chick starter.
     
  3. Dawnjanell

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    Thank you no heat lights so I will check it first thing tomorrow. I stopped giving my hens grit years ago since they have a 15'x60' area all their own and then get free range on 1/2 acre on occasions. Was under the impression they will get what they need naturally.
     
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    Yes, do check your chick in the morning.
    As for grit, if your flock free ranges, they may well find a suitable source of grit in the soil.
     
  5. Dawnjanell

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    You where right it was her crop . Everytime I think I got this I'm no longer one of those new chick folks that will panic but then the chicks are so cute and tiny.
     
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