help! what is this horrible thing on my chickens food?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by alibra, Nov 12, 2014.

  1. alibra

    alibra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Help! I just noticed this the other night. 2 or 3 days ago I cut it open trying to drain it, but I couldnt get any pus out of it. I put iodine ointment on it and wrapped it today I opened it up again & this is what it looks like: [​IMG]
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It looks like either an infected wound from an injury, or perhaps a tumor. You might try some daily warm epsom salt soaks to clean and soften up the crusted area, and apply the ointment after each soak. Did she have a Mareks vaccine? Tumors can be common in chickens, and especially with Mareks which causes other symptoms, as well.
     
  3. alibra

    alibra Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i hatched her at home, never did the vaccine.
     
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    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Most of us don't vaccinate chicks we hatch at home for Mareks unless there has been an outbreak in the past. With hatchery chicks I always opt for the vaccine. Feather footed birds are more difficult to care for because it is hard to see what's under there until it is advanced. If this is an infection, then antibiotics may be in order. A vet would have the best ones if you have a good relationship with one, but feed stores carry a few that might help--procaine penicillin G for shots, and Gallimycin (erythromycin) may help.
     

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