Chicken Tumor!Help!!!!!

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by Atoshaki, Apr 5, 2010.

  1. Atoshaki

    Atoshaki New Egg

    Apr 5, 2010
    Okay,at a Tractor Supply store,they had a bunch of chicks there,and we got him free,because they were going to go out back and kill him,due to a tumor,located on his chest.Nobody wanted to buy a sick chick,and the other chicks were pecking at him.
    So we got him free.
    Well his large tumor is there,I'm wondering; ''Do vet's remove chicken tumors?Is it possible?" and; ''Is there a way to maybe help him fight back against it?"
    He's only a few weeks old,and his name is 'Honey.'
    He also has poop dried to his butt,but won't let us clean him up,and keeps picking at it.Any suggestions on anything?Answers?Help?
  2. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    Are you sure the "tumor" isn't a rough navel? It would be more towards his butt than his chest. Also, if he has pasty butt and can't poop he will die, so you need to insist on cleaning that away.
  3. paddock36

    paddock36 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 24, 2008
    Ocala, Florida
    I usually just turn the faucet on warm water with light stream and sort of stick their rear under the faucet and once it gets wet it will rub off. I can't help with the other, but hopefully someone else can. I hope Honey gets better.
  4. chickenwhisperer

    chickenwhisperer Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 29, 2007
    Chicken Country, U S A
    You sure the tumor aint a full or impacted crop?

    For the dried poop, just run it under warm water and pick it off,
    I try to get the fluff with it, as thats the reason it becomes a problem till it goes away.

    Seems to me . . .
    The pasty but is preventing it from pooping, but it kept eating and is now completely full from end to end, sounds like a bad situation if thats the case.
    Id start with getting that dried poop off, and see how much it "empties out", then go from there.

    I have looked at hundreds and hundreds of chicks at feed stores the last couple months, and I didnt see not one with any kind of tumorish thing, lots of pasty butts and full crops tho.

    Can you take a picture of the suspected tumor?
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2010
  5. TXmom

    TXmom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Can you post pictures? I'm betting it's just a full crop, not a tumor.

    And about the pasty butt...definitely clean that off with warm water because s/he will get plugged up and won't be able to poop, and that will kill him.
  6. Atoshaki

    Atoshaki New Egg

    Apr 5, 2010
    Okay,about the butt issue,thanks,I'll clean him in the morning..
    As for pics they're not very good because he wouldn't hold still.

    The top of it has no feather's and it's rather large.Maybe a centimeter smaller then a ping pong ball,on his chest.(We're not sure if it's a boy or girl I call it a 'he'....heh..)
  7. felidaet

    felidaet Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 10, 2008
    Vancouver, Wa.

    Don't wait until morning to clean him. You need to clean it immediately. He could be dead by morning. I have had to clean four of them in the last couple of days. My technique is to get a paper towel wet with warm water. You can loosen it up with the wet paper towel.
    Last edited: Apr 6, 2010
  8. Dogfish

    Dogfish Rube Goldberg incarnate

    Mar 17, 2010
    Western Washington
    It literally takes 30 seconds to clean his butt. It is a life threatening condition that is easily resolved.

    Every day for the first two weeks I checked the chicks for pasty butt. All part of taking care of the animals.
  9. bel

    bel Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2010
    East bay
    Gotta clean that butt whether he likes it or not, he has to be able to poop, and if he can't he will die.

    I agree with Chickenwhisper's thoughts on this, that does look like the"tumor" is where his crop is.
  10. AngelzFyre

    AngelzFyre Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 18, 2007
    Pell City, Alabama
    Sure looks like the crop from your pictures!
    After soaking his butt with warm water, try adding either some baby oil or plain mineral oil to help remove the caked poop. I also put a bit of vaseline around where the fluff got pulled off to protect the area from more poop sticking in the future.
    Good luck with him!

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