Chick With Head Lesions/Tumors

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by GoldenHeartBelle, Dec 20, 2009.

  1. GoldenHeartBelle

    GoldenHeartBelle New Egg

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    Hi All,

    Well, I was hoping that my first post would be on a positive note. [​IMG]

    As I was doing my evening chores I noticed this chick in the brooder. I'm hoping someone may be able to enlighten me on what this could be. It is a French Black Copper Maran that I hatched out on 11/30. So that makes it about 21 days old now. It has a total of 6 raised lesions that look like they have been oozing from the center. It must have come on fairly suddenly because I didn't notice it until today. None of the other chicks in the brooder have this going on yet. But, I'm very concerned whether or not I should cull it and them. I have other chicks in other brooders right now and more hatching everyday. The chick is isolated as of now.

    All the other chicks are in the garage. I'm using newspaper and paper towels for their litter and disposing it every day or two. They are on medicated chick starter and Vi-Tal in the water. I do have other chickens, ducks, turkeys outside. This chick has never had contact with them. I am right now fighting a case of biting lice with the poultry outside.

    ANY IDEAS???

    Heidi

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  2. snowydiamonds

    snowydiamonds Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oh Gosh, poor thing! Just when its fully feathered, too:( I don't have a clue, sorry, but will be watching w/you to see what's going on...
     
  3. GreenGoddess

    GreenGoddess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 6, 2009
    St Pauls, NC
    That poor baby... I'm sorry it's not on the best of terms but [​IMG] anyway... Here's a BUMP for ya!

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  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    poor thing............. It looks like infected bug bites. Could he have gotten bit by a flea or other creepy crawler? I would peel the scab off and clean it up well and apply plain neosporin ( no pain killer type).
    Doesn't look like any illness I know of......
     
  5. GoldenHeartBelle

    GoldenHeartBelle New Egg

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    Well, it passed away this afternoon.

    I'd still like to know if anyone had seen this before. I really do not think it is from bug bites considering the head was covered with 6 of them and none of the other chicks have them. I have not seen any bugs in the garage and they are usually hibernating since it is below zero outside. My guess would be Marek's Disease. I have not been able to find any pictures of the lesions it causes occasionally.
     
  6. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I believe Mareks lesions are presented inside the body mostly. It could have been a spider, if he tried to eat it................ poor thing, sorry about him. Hope you find out.........
     

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