Hi everyone, and help.... This is the second chick that I have had come up with this mass. The first one I think already had it before I was given the babies, and I had to take him to the vet to get gently sent to chick heaven. That was two days ago, I was putting the babies to bed and as always gave them a wee snuggle and checked them over and in doing so notices a small mass (well smaller than the other chick had but still a large mass in itself) also starting below the vent area. It is internal, not like a cyst or sore or pecking symptoms or pasty bum. Baby is eating and drinking all enthusiastically and keeping up with the siblings, not lethargic so far, flaps and runs and jumps and cuddles are all normal. No other marks, lumps or bumps on the body. No abnormal smells so far either. No weeping no blood and poos seem as normal as other siblings. I will try and attach some photos from the phone after I post this from the computer as typing is easier from here, but photos were taken on the phone. Age wise the chick is pushing its second week. They always have access to clean water, chick feed and warmth, along with freedom supervised in the grass and dusty baths in the dirt. These wee excursions are definitely their favourite. So a bit more about the lump. I have compared to the other babies bums and they are all normal and no dark patches or beginnings of lumps. It is internal and sits on the lower section of bum well below the vent. It is hard/firm to touch/squeeze gently, but doesn't seem to release anything or weep or given in to some gentle pressure in any way. No smells like I mentioned and no pasty butt signs either. Ill have to get you to refer to the photos for a better idea of placement and appearance. I have googled my fingers off and have not found one thread online or on this page that seems remotely the same, the closest is a cyst but it isn't, and with the first baby the vet agreed it wasn't a cyst and we wrote it off as a birth deformity internally. But now this second chick has the beginnings of one I need to solve this mystery. I haven't booked in at the vets just yet as it is getting costly, and instead seek fellow chicken collecting lovers for help first. I hope someone has some answers or suggestions, Going clucky here, Hannah **UPDATE - Since writing this a whole 20 minutes ago, further investigating uncovered... slight crackly popping sounds from the vent area... hard to explain but more of a very quiet crackle. One poop was mostly white and clear, next poop a little better... possibly compacted poop inside maybe??? If so how the heck do I treat that on a teeny itty bitty chicken baby. ** Baby is currently perched on my knee as I investigate, quite happy preening and combing out his freshly grown wing feathers, very happy alert and active.. fluff that's left is starting to look like its "Wet" yet its dry to touch, but just doesn't have that "fluff" look to it anymore, this happened with the first chick too.