HUGE lump on hens right breast side!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by rooster-red, Jul 11, 2007.

  1. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I'm new to the forum and I need a little help please.

    I have a 20 week old white leghorn hen (Lucy) that has a huge hard lump that has come up on the right side of her breast in just the last 8 hours or so.

    She didn't have this lump when I came home for lunch today.

    This lump is 5-6 times the size of her head!

    I've tried to find any punture marks, can't find any.

    Any ideas as to what this lump might be?

    Think its life threatening?

    I would greatly appreciate any help with this.

    I have pics, just haven't figured out how to post them yet.
     
  2. BeckyLa

    BeckyLa Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
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    She probably has a full crop from eating well all day. Just check her in the morning when you let them out, it'll probably be gone by then. If not, post here again because you might have a problem if it's not gone down.
     
  3. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    :wootMy chickens did get extra feed today becase DW did not know I fed before leaving for work.[​IMG]

    Thank you so much for your reply. (Whew)I'm so glad I joined this site:D
     
  4. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    So what is a crop? I should know this. [​IMG] Mine always have a large lump on the right side. Is that ok? I thought one of my pullets had a tumor or something until I realized they all had it.
     
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I know its part of the diguestive tract.
    I didn't know it was on the right side.

    My first thought was also that it might be some sort of tumor, but it came up really too quick.
     
  6. imloulou

    imloulou Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh my..rooster red...I am soooooo glad you posted this. Our chicks are 8 weeks old and a few of them have been ""really lopsided"" and I was worried! It really looks like an infection or a tumor. It ended up going away but then showed up on another hen! Each time it has been on the right side.

    Thank you guys I love this site!!!

    Lisa in FL
     
  7. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I just went out to the coop with a flashlight to look at Lucy, woke her up and she wasn't happy about it at all.:thun

    Looks like the lump has shrunk a little, so maybe I won't go back and wake her again later.
     
  8. imloulou

    imloulou Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi...it's me again....
    We have had a few chickens get bloated in the right breast area (as I stated above) I was wondering if this is from actual "overeating". We give our chicks access to food all day. Is this a bad thing? We have a feeder that holds a bunch of feed but they all seem to eat then play. Just a few have had the bloating?!

    What are your ideas?

    editing to add: the bloating is not a regular thing...I just noticed it a few times with different chickens.
     
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  9. rooster-red

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    This is the first time I've ever had anything like this happen.

    This hen is in a run/coop with 9 other hens and 2 roosters, and they show no signs of this.[​IMG]
     
  10. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    The crop is on the right side, and fills with feed. It is normal to see a large "lump" after feeding. This just means the hen/rooster is eating well. If you are concerned that the lump might not be going away....remove all feed for the evening. Then in the morning, check again. The "lump" should be gone, or mostly gone. The only problem with restricting feed, is they will over eat again, causeing the "lump" again. This is not a problem unless the lump does not go away...or if it stays hard. Dont panic....we all have to learn these things. I was scared to death the first time I saw it. LOL
     

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