Hen with swollen brow--need advice! *see pic*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by peachychick, Jan 9, 2010.

  1. peachychick

    peachychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2009
    Heart of Dixie
    One of our BLRW hens has a growth about the size of a small grape above her right eye. This began about 3-4 weeks ago. We thought it would go down on it's on, so we have not done anything to it. It gives a little when you press on it, like it has liquid inside.
    She has been eating and pooping and moving around like usual. Has anyone ever seen anything like this? We weren't sure if we should try pricking it or lancing let whatever's in, out.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  2. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Oww!! [​IMG] That looks painful! Can you lance it? It looks like an abscess. I imagine that it'll need antibiotics, but I am not sure which is the best for an abscess on the brow. I am sure someone will comment soon as to what would be best. But, I'd think that it'd need to be lanced to get some of the infection out of there.

    edited to add...I think Tylan 50 is the one that people use for infections in the sinus/eye region, but I can't guarantee that.
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  3. purpletree23

    purpletree23 Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 15, 2009
    I would lance it before it gets any worse. Looks like an infection and a chickens sinuses and eyes and brain are only a thin membrane from each other so when that thing grows inward because it can't grow outward she will get the infection in her brain and I think that would be a horrible way to die.

    Penicillan G is a super antibiotic inject 1cc into the breast once a day for 5 days
    Last edited: Jan 9, 2010
  4. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    Have you tried a warm compress on it?

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