Huge Feather Cyst in Silkied Hedemora

Pat Mcaffee

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My Hedemora chick is experiencing a huge and growing feather cyst on the back of its neck. What can I do to help it or drain the cyst or should I just let it be? I will include pictures below.
 

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I've dealt with feather cysts a couple of times. I was able to see the ingrown feather each time. They were just under the surface of the skin, and I was able to just barely break the skin and release the follicle. It popped out like a jack-in-the-box. Then I sprayed the skin with Vetericyn and it was good to go.

Can you see a shadowy dark dot in the area of the swelling? First spray with Vetericyn or dab Betadine or alcohol on the cyst. Then take a sterilized razor blade or Exacto knife and make a very tiny, shallow cut where you see the shadow of the follicle. Remember a chick's skin is very thin. You may need tweezers to give it a gentle tug to release it. Spray again with the Vetericyn or Betadine or smooth on some antibiotic ointment.
 

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Pat Mcaffee

Chirping
Jul 23, 2017
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I've dealt with feather cysts a couple of times. I was able to see the ingrown feather each time. They were just under the surface of the skin, and I was able to just barely break the skin and release the follicle. It popped out like a jack-in-the-box. Then I sprayed the skin with Vetericyn and it was good to go.

Can you see a shadowy dark dot in the area of the swelling? First spray with Vetericyn or dab Betadine or alcohol on the cyst. Then take a sterilized razor blade or Exacto knife and make a very tiny, shallow cut where you see the shadow of the follicle. Remember a chick's skin is very thin. You may need tweezers to give it a gentle tug to release it. Spray again with the Vetericyn or Betadine or smooth on some antibiotic ointment.
As you can see, the swelling is pretty extreme but I can see little black dots in some area under the skin.
 

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