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Large icky...something on hen's breast

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RedShift42, Mar 1, 2016.

  1. RedShift42

    RedShift42 Hatching

    Mar 1, 2016
    Hi and newbie greetings from south central Alaska.

    Got a 2.5yo hen whose breast has a swollen, golf-ball-size bulge. It feels like a water balloon; when massaged I discovered a skin dark and the underfeathers matted with a putrid fluid (took 4 washings plus sanitizer to exorcize the stank from my hands!).
    She has been listless and self-exiled for two days. My birds part time free-range so it's possible she tangled with something, although I've seen no evidence of trauma.

    Does this sound like an injury or disease? Recommendations on treatment ...or euthanizing? Tell me I don't have to lance that thing, please.


    -Eric in Homer.

  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Welcome to BYC. It almost sounds like she could have a sour crop, and has either vomited some on herself. Is there any sign that the crop is leaking? I would google sour crop in chickens, and also do a search here on BYC at the top of this page in the search box.

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