1. Come check out hundreds of awesome coop pages (and a few that need suggestions) in our 2018 Coop Rating Project!

can chickens get cancer/tumours?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sunshinechicky, Feb 22, 2016.

  1. sunshinechicky

    sunshinechicky Hatching

    Feb 22, 2016
    We had a lovely hen that didn't start re-laying this spring when her friends did. We noticed icky poop covering her backside and realized she was egg bound. Did the baths, mineral oil, calcium, ect. She couldn't lay the egg. Upon further inspection- encircling her entire vent was black- like the skin had dies, or gotten cancer or? We couldn't pull it off- as it was growing on her. It had enclosed her vent enough that she would never be able to lay- even if we had gotten that egg out of her. Has anyone else heard of this?

  2. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

    Jan 17, 2013
    Yes they can get cancer, tumor, ect. Mareks disease can also cause internal tumors.
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. It sounds like she could have had a huge abnormal egg that could have blocked her vent opening where droppings could not get through. The vent could have become necrotic and the tissue became gangrenous and killed her. Cancer also could have been the cause of death. There are many rare but odd things that happen with chickens. That is why this forum has become important to share these findings and educate each other. You might want to read these links about salpingitis, or inflammation of the oviduct, and pus eggs:
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2016

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by