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Hen plucking feathers and hard mass on chest

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TeriTN, May 6, 2011.

  1. TeriTN

    TeriTN Hatching

    Apr 18, 2011
    My 1 yr.old leghorn/hybred hen has plucked the feathers off of her right side.

    There seems to be a hard mass under her skin. When I touch the mass
    it moves around.

    She has clear, clean eyes, and bright red comb, normal poop,
    and lays an egg daily.

    Could this be some tumor under her skin?

  2. birdicus7

    birdicus7 Chirping

    Jul 17, 2010
    Coatesville, PA
    [​IMG] This mass you are referring to...right breast area? That is probably her crop. It will fill up each day as she eats and if you check her in the morning it will be nearly empty if not empty. You state she is 1 year old, she could be due to molt and may very well be doing so. All other indications you give are of a very healthy hen. (You may want to do a thorough check for mites but I suspect everything is fine with her. Good luck!

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