Hen Has Tumor On Back.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Americanaluver, Sep 15, 2009.

  1. Americanaluver

    Americanaluver Out Of The Brooder

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    Yesterday, I was checking all my chickens for head lice, (recently I had an war with a head lice infestation) Well, no one but this hen had some, I went straight to dusting her, and noticed a lump on her back, I was poking it and trying to figure out what it was, it moves freely, not attached to anything, but is hard, and white. At first I thought it was a bee sting, (there is a big hornet nest 3 trees away from the coop) So I thought, I could just treat it with some anti infection cream, and just take the needle out. Well, I took her into the bathroom to clean it, get the needle out, etc. I looked at it closer, and noticed it was bigger then a bee sting, and wasn't pink. I was puzzled about it because I didn't know chickens could get tumors, so I thought maybe something got her, and she got a puss bubble, or something. So I looked up what it looked like in Google, and it came up with all these pictures of chickens with tumors! So, I'm guessing its a tumor, am I right? [​IMG] Well, I don't want to go to a vet, and spend 100 or more dollars on a chicken, but, I also don't want to make her suffer, can I cut it out myself? Its free swimming like I said, and there is only one, I felt her hole body, and squished in some spots to check closer to her liver, stomach, etc, and none. So luckly this is the only one. [​IMG] I was thinking, I could cut a little line above the tumor, and lightly pull it out, then sow the line up with thread, and put some cast on it, and keep her inside for a bit.
    Also, sorry, but, no camera, so no pictures. [​IMG]

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    The red blob is just where the tumor is. She is an 2 1/2 year old Buff Orpington, if it helps.
     
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  2. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have no idea but hoping someone will see this and give you an answer.
     
  3. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

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    Well, it looks like it is above her lungs and ovaries. It could be a tumor, but I don't have any experience with such to tell you for sure.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Could be an ingrown feather follicle. It's not her oil gland, right?
     
  5. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do what feels right in your gut. You know what will happen if you are successful and what will happen if you fail. Think it over and be comfortable with your decision. Only you can decide what to do.

    Could it be what speckedhen mentioned?

    If you do decide to remove it I would not close the incision all the way. Leave a bit open so the wound can drain if needed and keep it really clean and keep her inside so flies don't get to her and she gets maggots.

    Beat of luck


    Very interesting post.
     
  6. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

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  7. wildorchid053

    wildorchid053 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i wouldn't mess with it.. most tumors if that is what it is, when they move freely are rarely harmful.. usually a fatty tumor or cyst..
     
  8. Americanaluver

    Americanaluver Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:I know what oil glands look like, trust me, its not one, but thank you for saying that.
     
  9. Americanaluver

    Americanaluver Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:No speckledhen, its almost a prefect circle, I put a needle half way in it, to see if puss came out, but, blood, again, not puss, but, this time I know I went into it, while it had a hole, I tried popping it, to see if it was a build up of dirt and scum, just blood, I didn't push or squeeze it to hard, just to get puss, nothing though..
     
  10. Americanaluver

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    Quote:Okay, I felt it again today, and the skin around it is getting tighter, its still "kinda" movable. [​IMG]
     

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