Goose with chest lump

Discussion in 'Geese' started by Peregrin11, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Peregrin11

    Peregrin11 New Egg

    Sep 27, 2011
    Hi! I have a a female super african goose that has a very large lump on her chest- the size of a large grapefruit. She also has a small one on the right side of her face behind her bill about walnut sized. She's had them since she reached maturity. She's about 18 months old. The closest avian vet is 50+ miles and they do not see waterfowl. She eats very well, but has to live with my one legged chicken as her 8 siblings hog all the food. I've searched online and have seen a few pics of canada geese with the very same chest lump, but no info. please help!
  2. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Quote:Do you think maybe she has abscesses? if so here is some info. and hopefully others with experience will come along soon to hel pyou out. and [​IMG]

    And for treatment of lumps:
    "Treatment of abscesses

    Some abscesses will break open and the pus will come out. You may need to open an abscess and can do so when it is soft. To do this quickly you should:

    · Clean the abscess and the area around it with soap and water. Stick a clean needle into the abscess. If blood comes out put the needle into another point on the abscess. If pus comes out when the needle is put into the abscess, remove the needle and with a clean sharp knife, razor blade or scalpel make a small hole through the skin into the pus pocket. Then cut downwards through the skin into the pus and allow the pus to drain out of the abscess.

    · When the pus has been removed, the abscess is treated as a wound (see Unit 73).

    · If the abscess is not ready to open soak a cloth in hot water and put it over the abscess for 10 minutes at a time. You will need to do this 4 times daily for a few days until the lump has become large and soft and can be opened.

    Pus contains germs. You should clean up the pus and collect it in a piece of paper or cloth and burn it. Wash the area of skin around the abscess. Wash your hands and disinfect all needles and instruments used.

    If the abscess is deep under the skin and does not break and the animal has a fever, you will need to ask your veterinarian for help. Antibiotics or sulpha drugs can be given by mouth or by injection for 3 days (see R6, R7, R9, R10 Annex 1) if you cannot get veterinary help.

    Do not open abscesses of the lymph nodes but give an antibiotic or sulfa drug for 3 days to treat the infection.

    Lumps of blood under the skin

    This will result if an animal has been kicked or beaten. The lump is soft and not hot or painful and will disappear in 2 to 3 weeks.

    You should not hit animals or try to lift an animal by holding its skin. This will cause blood lumps under the skin. If you want to sell animals for slaughter this will show as red-blue areas in the meat. "

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  3. NYRIR

    NYRIR Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 13, 2010
    Sorry I can't help but looks like MissLydia might...good luck with it [​IMG]
  4. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 10, 2010
    Congress, AZ
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  5. Peregrin11

    Peregrin11 New Egg

    Sep 27, 2011
    I'm not sure it is an abscess. She's had the chest lump for 7-8 months and it hasn't changed. When I first noticed it, I thought it was a hematoma. But it has never changed or gone down. Then about three months ago the face one appeared.I don't know if they're connected or not. I'll try and treat it like an abscess but I would think it would have opened itself by now. If I can figure out how to do it, I'll try to post a picture of her.
  6. pete55

    pete55 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 19, 2011
    Suffolk, UK
    If its an old abcess it may have turned cystic and really the best way forward for treatment would be your Vet as antibiotic cover may be required and surgery. The swelling on the face does sound like another abcess or even haematoma.

    Pete [​IMG]
  7. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    Pictures would help alot.
  8. Peregrin11

    Peregrin11 New Egg

    Sep 27, 2011
  9. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    If i am looking at it right it looks huge. almost makes me think tumor, I can't imagine an abscess getting that big. How is her appetite?
  10. Peregrin11

    Peregrin11 New Egg

    Sep 27, 2011
    It is huge. She has a great appetite, she's active, playful, affectionate. She sleeps in the pen the chicken at night, but she's out in the yard in the day time and hangs with her flock, and gets around well. I've talked to a couple vets, but even those that see birds don't see waterfowl. One even told me the only thing to do when you have a sick bird is coffee. Sit and have a drink while you wait for it to die. Anyway, when the lump on her face appeared, I thought maybe it was tumors. She's never acted sick. I feed her 16% layer crumbles, with corn, lettuce, spinach and dandelion greens as treats. Plus she has grass in the day.

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