Hard growth on cockerel

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by dmartin18, May 19, 2016.

  1. dmartin18

    dmartin18 New Egg

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    Hi All,

    I have a black copper maran cockerel with a strange growth on his back. He's almost 7 weeks old. I was wondering if anyone has seen something like this before. When we noticed it it was full of poop probly from dust bathing. We cleaned it with mild soap and disinfected it with peroxide. It was a little raw and we knew the other would peck at it so he's been in the chicken hospital for the time being (aka large dog cage) He is eating very well and drinkin. I find him quite but hes alone so he seems a little bored. If anyone could give me some input that would be great. Iv attached some pics using my drive since the uploads on the forum were being fussy.

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  2. allosaurusrock

    allosaurusrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Weird. I have never seen anything like that. Seems like you did the right thing though.
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello and welcome to BYC!

    I was only able to see the first picture, but it could be an ingrown feather. I have a hen that has had 2 of them over her years. I sterize the area and with sterile instruments, gently remove just enough skin to get the feather out. Sometimes it is several feather stalks growing together which usually have desintegated and I remove them. If there is pus, you will need to squeeze it all out of the hole. Again, I would only remove what you have to, to get what ever is in there out.

    When you are done, use some sort of antobiotic ointment on the area and keep the are clean and dry for a few days. You may need to reapply ointment the next day or so until it heals.

    Usually the next feather to emerge grows out normally.
     
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  4. dmartin18

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    I got the pics fixed they were not all set to public. The bump is healing feather around it are starting to hide it. The lump is also slowly growing its quite hard. I'll give it a few days and might try to cut it and see of there is puss in there. Thanks for the recommendations.
     
  5. dmartin18

    dmartin18 New Egg

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    So we decided to use scalpel to see if there was any puss in it. The growth was hard flesh. We ended up cutting a part of it and did find feathers underneath. Wouldn't a ingrown feather cause puss? The flesh we cut off seemed fatty. There was minimal bleeding. I'm thinking its more of a cyst. I am hopeing it was ingrown feathers tho.
     
  6. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Only 1 of my hens ingrown feathers had pus. I guess it depends on whether they have been picking at it or got dirt in it or what. On my hen, she had one back on her flank nearer to the vent. It was too far back for her to reach and there was no pus at all. I was able to remove enough flesh and actually unravel a very curly feather. The second one was on the shoulder of her wing. She had been picking at it for a while and it was red and infected. I got quite a bit of pus out of that one. That one had several of those fuzz type feather stalks which I removed since they were soft and mushy. I used Veterycin on that one. A week later she had completely healed.

    What I am thinking with your Rooster is that he may not have been able to reach this area either and it stayed clean enough not to infect? I would try and clean it up enough that when he molts out again and new feathers emerge, they don't get blocked by this hardened skin, or the same thing will happen. Make sure to use some sort of antibiotics on the area for the first week so it doesn't become infected from the surgery.
     
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  7. allosaurusrock

    allosaurusrock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Frankly, I would take him to the veterinarian if that is possible for you. I would imagine that procedure to be quite painful, although it does sound effective.
     

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