Chest abcess/ lesion

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Vaudevilleorange, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Vaudevilleorange

    Vaudevilleorange New Egg

    Sep 15, 2009
    Howdy poultry community...

    I am a new user and basically just joined to make this partner and I are baffled with a Turkey problem. About a week ago one of our Bourbon-Red toms started acting odd, having trouble standing up, and making 'throw up' motions. We isolated it and noticed it had a bulging chest that felt soft and quite odd...after a few days it seemed to be doing better. Its eyes and orifices were clear and healthy looking, yet it still seemed out of sorts. THEN the nastiness came, this bulge on its chest turned into a wet, jelly-like lesion/abscess that kind of pulsed and smelled! GROSS! It lost all its feathers there and the skin around the area looked white and resembled mold. WHAT is going on with this bird??? Any prognosis?

    Concerned, and slightly disguested, Turkey Owner
  2. meriruka

    meriruka Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 18, 2007
    Maybe some pics would help?

    I hope he recovers for you.
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    Is the 'mold' under the skin or on top? Does it resemble cottage cheese?

    If yes you have to drain the abcess and start on penicillin. You can look up bumblefoot surgery and modify it. Clean the area, drain with sterilizes instrument. flush it out with betadine that has been diluted, dry and cover with neosporin ointment that sdoes not have the pain relief ingredient in it. Cover lightly with an absorbent bandage. Wash the wound frequestly and reapply neosporin and bandage.

    He also needs to be separated from the others and up his nutrition so he has the energy to heal. Chopped greens, a little fruit, yogurt, cooked oatmeal and scrambled eggs.
  4. Vaudevilleorange

    Vaudevilleorange New Egg

    Sep 15, 2009
    Its been two days now, and the wound has scabbed over...He is getting better it seems...I really do not think it was from trama, it was some kind of odd sore. It worked its way out and now the Turkey is eating again. I fed it a whole bunch of fresh greens from the garden and it is gaining back strength. So strange though! I still am baffled at what this was. I don't think I will be eating this bird...

    Thanks for the advice

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