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Chicken has puss on chest

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by springchick20, Sep 17, 2014.

  1. springchick20

    springchick20 Out Of The Brooder

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    Last night I noticed one of my hens was not perched and then today when I let everyone else out she came wobbling towards me. I checked her out and noticed she smelt awful! I looked under her feathers and found a big pussy scab. I cleaned it off with hydrogen peroxide and it looks swollen in the area. I have no idea what could be causing this! Anyone else ever experience this

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  2. springchick20

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    I have separated her and have her water with electrolytes in it. I'm scrambling some eggs for her now. Her crop is not very full. [​IMG]
     
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    Another one of my girls looks like she is not tip top shape so I separated her to be safe
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Breast blisters can be common in chickens who lie on the ground instead of perching, sometimes from diseases such as mycoplasma synoviae, which can affect the bones and joints. Those breast blisters may abscess, and can contain staph or strep. MS is actually a respiratory disease similar to MG, but it effects bones. That is not the only reason that chickens develop breast blisters, though, and it could also be a cyst or an injury.
     
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  5. springchick20

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    So i should just wait it out and see if she recovers from it? She is not walking at all anymore... :(
     
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    He are some links about MS or mycoplasma synoviae, and if you think that it sounds like what you are seeing, I would probably take her to the vet. She may need treated with Tylan 50 given by injection for the MS, and the breast abscess may need lancing or penicillin (procaine penicillin G, which is refrigerated at the feed stores.) A vet could prescribe a single antibiotic, making it more simple to treat. It's difficult to diagnose the exact cause of her lameness, but testing can be done for MS by your local dept. of agriculture or USDA. Here are the links to read:
    http://www.thepoultrysite.com/diseaseinfo/99/mycoplasma-synoviae-infection-ms-infectious-synovitis
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou...nfection_in_poultry_infectious_synovitis.html
    http://www.merckmanuals.com/vet/pou...ns_of_poultry/breast_blisters_in_poultry.html
     
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  7. springchick20

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    thank you so much :)
     
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    She passed away last night. Thank you.
     
  9. N F C

    N F C Home in WY Premium Member

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    Condolences on the loss of your bird. Is everyone else ok?
     
  10. Eggcessive

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    Sorry for your loss. It is probably too late to refrigerate her body and send her off to the state vet for a necrosy, but if anyone else gets sick, I would check into that. This link may help: http://www.mass.gov/eea/agencies/agr/
     

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