Large mass above tail

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tres Pollos, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. Tres Pollos

    Tres Pollos Chirping

    May 1, 2017
    Warning: gross picture. My Brahma hen (1 1/2 years old) was going through a molt, so looking pretty ragged. No bald spots, but lots of missing feathers and pinfeathers. So I kind of left her alone. About three weeks ago, I picked her up and noticed she smelled bad. So I flipped her over and there was a big mat of grossness around her vent, so I cut it all off. She's been acting fine.

    Today I noticed she was missing tail feathers and the puff of feathers above her tail looked odd (Brahmas have a lot of fluff there). So I picked her up and she smelled really bad. I felt a mass almost the size of a tennis ball there, above her tail. Infected preening gland? I brought her in and washed her thoroughly with Dawn, pulled off a large scab and poured Hydrogen Peroxide all over it. It looks horrible and infected. She's in the house in a cage now. Of course it's Saturday night, so no vets are open tomorrow.

    Anybody ever seen anything like this before? Any suggestions before tomorrow? chicken sore.jpg
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  2. Ryder

    Ryder Songster

    Oct 16, 2018
    Ozark Missouri
    its really hard to make out the picture because its zoomed in so far
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  3. PattyNH

    PattyNH Songster

    Sep 13, 2016
    New Hampshire - USA
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  4. Cyprus

    Cyprus Master of the 'never give up' attitude

    Jan 19, 2018
    SE Wisconsin
    My Coop
    Looks like possible maggots in the wound. Sounds like it, too.
    Do you have mineral oil? Get a pipette or eyedropper or syringe and squirt mineral oil in the wound to flush out any maggots if there are any. Pick them up with twerzers.
    Apply triple antibiotic oitment and do not bandage. Maggots don't like being exposed to air.
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  5. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    If you have vet care, that is always best.
    Can you post some more photos?
    Especially one of where it's located on the body?
    I am assuming the white foamy stuff is from Peroxide?
    Do you see maggots moving around in the wound?
    Do you have any antibiotics on hand?

    If there are maggots, then flush the wound very well with soap/water, salt water, betadine or chlorhexidine. I would not use any more Peroxide since it can damage tissue with repeated use.

    How deep does that wound go?

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  6. Tres Pollos

    Tres Pollos Chirping

    May 1, 2017
    Yes, I think the white spots are just hydrogen peroxide foaming. I don't see maggot activity. I will apply antibiotic ointment.
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  7. Fishkeeper

    Fishkeeper Songster

    Oct 30, 2017
    Central Texas
    Get her to a vet as soon as you can. Call around and see if there's anyone open on weekends.
    Do NOT use hydrogen peroxide again, it kills healthy cells. Use an actual antibiotic. Don't pull off any scabs, those are there for a reason. Keep an eye on her, make sure she isn't picking at it. Keep her somewhere quiet until you can get her to a vet, reduce her stress as much as possible.
  8. MissChick@dee

    [email protected] ~ Dreaming Of Springtime ~

    Aug 18, 2017
    Caliente Nevada
    You might want to flush it out before applying anything. But not with anymore peroxide. You might want to try diluted betadine 50/50 with water. The surrounding tissue looks like the feathers will simply pull out with slightly pulling. Clean an area around the wound. Flush it out and perhaps take more photos. Best wishes
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  9. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Is that pic under the tail or on top?
    More pics, top and bottom, farther back with more light might help.

    Pic was taken 3 weeks ago or now?
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  10. Tres Pollos

    Tres Pollos Chirping

    May 1, 2017
    This picture is from yesterday and is above the tail, over the preening gland.

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