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Chicken with a large swellen mass on its chest

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by leszvan, Oct 10, 2015.

  1. leszvan

    leszvan New Egg

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    One of my 3.5 month old chicks has a large, golf ball+ sized mass on one side of her chest. It's not solid, but feels filled with liquid. She seems alright otherwise. My first thought is an infection. If it is, it's not to late in the day for me to get some antibiotics from my vet. Any ideas would be greatly appreciated.
     
  2. goofychickens

    goofychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    My advice (my quickest advice) would be to take the chick to the vet but it might be a reportable disease. Good luck.
    -Goofy
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Is it possible that she has eaten a lot and it is her crop you are feeling?
     
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  4. leszvan

    leszvan New Egg

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    I almost ashamed to say you could be right. It's tremendous. Otherwise, she's fine.
     
  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    [​IMG] No need to be ashamed. I have done the same thing myself. They can really load up and look lopsided, then poof, the lump is gone and then you find a big stinky poo.
    Just keep an eye on her to make sure that is what it truly is.
     
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  6. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! Don't be ashamed, I think many of us had similar thoughts the first time we saw a full crop.

    -Kathy
     
  7. leszvan

    leszvan New Egg

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    Hi Kathy,

    I'm also ashamed because I've had chickens for nearly 30 years, though I have new chicks now because all my other girls were sadly slaughtered by a mink that got into their house last winter. That was bad.

    leszvan
     

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