Just took a peach pit sized lump out of my rooster's wattle- what is it?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TeamChaos, Mar 4, 2012.

  1. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
    One of my welsummer roosters had an odd looking wattle a few weeks back. It looked like it had tightened up over a ball inside it. I treated him with antibiotics for 5 days, saw no change in it and decided to let him go back to the flock. Tonight I was cutting his overgrown toenail (he has a crooked toe and it doesn't get worn down) and I looked at his wattle from underneath and I could see a "scab" on the bottom of the weird wattle. I brought him in the house and took a closer look- it wasn't a scab, but a dried up edge of the hard thing that had split through the healthy skin. I spritzed it with vetricyn and carefully wiggled it to see if it was pus-filled or what and *pop* it came out in my hand, leaving a significant pocket behind. Anyone deal with this before?
  2. TeamChaos

    TeamChaos Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 8, 2009
  3. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Could have been an infected feather follicle or just an infected wound. That's the way chickens' bodies deal with infection-it solidifies into a cheesy mass.
    Last edited: Mar 4, 2012
  4. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 22, 2009
    Wow I bet he feels better though! It couldnt have been bumble foot on his wattle could it? So bumble wattle??
  5. kidcody

    kidcody Overrun With Chickens

    Looks like what happens when they get a bug bite and the bodies antibodies over react and in case and seal off the bite. It is the way the body gets rid of something foreign.

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