Hard Tumor, Clumped Feather Thing on Fern's Chest

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken Boo, Nov 20, 2010.

  1. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fern is a 1.5 year old EE. She molted really hard a couple of months ago and has all of her feather back now and looks beautiful. EXCEPT - she has had 2-3 feathers sticking out in the wrong directions on her chest for a couple of weeks. Last night I had an opportunity to pick her up and smooth out her feathers. Under her feathers she has a hard "growth" on her chest with the feathers sticking out of it.

    It is ~3/4" long, 1/2" wide. It is hard and she did not seem to mind my digging a finger nail into it (did not penetrate much and nothing came off). I moved it around and that did not bother her either. I tried to get a good look at it but it is well covered with feathers.

    I am wondering if she has a bunch of feathers matted together or a bunch that did not grow in right. Has anyone seen anything like this before?

    Otherwise, she is eating and drinking and acting normally.

    I was tempted to just take a pair of scissors to it and see what was underneath. If it is just matted/glumped feathers, this cannot be good for her skin underneath.

    Any ideas.

    Thanks,
    Chicken Boo
     
  2. shellybean40

    shellybean40 Chillin' With My Peeps

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  3. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anybody have any ideas?
     
  4. Kittymomma

    Kittymomma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Can you post a picture?
     
  5. Stef in Davis CA

    Stef in Davis CA Out Of The Brooder

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    I'd try bathing her in warm water with a tiny bit of mild soap--if it's a clump of mud or something, it should soften and break apart. It it's fleshy, it could hurt her to cut it off! Good luck!
     
  6. halo

    halo Got The Blues

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    Are you sure its not just a full crop?
     
  7. kristen2678

    kristen2678 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree with bathing her or at least the portion near the clump. Finding out of it's a cyst or ingrown feather or just dirt would be the first step in figuring out how to treat her.
     
  8. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Quote:x2 get someone to help you. They generally enjoy sitting in a pan or sink of warm water after you've got them settled in. I think the area will be easier to investigate if it's wet. Plus, if it's build-up, the warm water will help soften it...
     
  9. Chicken Boo

    Chicken Boo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have been out of town helping my grandmother who just got out of the hospital.

    I brought Fern in tonight and got a really good look at what is under her feathers. It in not an impacted crop. She has a huge lump (~1.5" out from her chest). It is multi-colored and has featherless parts to it. It appears to be a tumor of some kind and not "clumped feathers" like I was hoping.

    Anyone know of a bird vet in Maryland?
     
  10. ryanhodapp

    ryanhodapp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    search on line for avian doctor. good luck
     

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