LARGE STRANGE GROWTH, GETTING LARGER! see photos please help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SqueakyRoseShalom, Aug 13, 2014.

  1. SqueakyRoseShalom

    SqueakyRoseShalom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    About ten days ago i noticed that one of my hens had a bulge between her legs, and I thought that she just needed to lay an egg. I noticed it again two days later and I thought the same thing. Again, two days later and this time I though Wow! I guess she's a prolific layer. ( [​IMG] I know, I was being a little slow!) Well today the bulge had gotten significantly larger. I felt it and it doesn't seem to be an egg, it's very soft and mushy. HELP!!!! What's wrong with my hen?
     
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

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    OMG! [​IMG] I think, since it's squishy, that it could be an absess. A pocket filled with infected fluid.....Maybe you could puncture it with a sterile needle and drain it....And give her some antibiotics in her drinking water like duramayacin.....

    Gosh is that HUGE!
     
  3. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    It probably is ascites, which is a fluid collection, kind of like water. If you have a syringe, you can draw it out. It will probably come back and you will have to drain it occasionally. Is she an old girl?
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  5. cafarmgirl

    cafarmgirl Overrun With Chickens

    There are several things this could be and I don't think I'd be sticking a needle in there until I knew what it was. I had a hen with a very similar looking issue with a soft bulge in the same area. Took her to my avian vet and it turned out to be a hernia, some of her internal organs had dropped down into the pocket. In a case like that you don't want to be sticking a needle in there. If at all possible I'd really suggest having her looked at by an avian vet so you know what you are dealing with and what to expect.
     
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  6. SqueakyRoseShalom

    SqueakyRoseShalom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thank you all very much for responding! I have never taken any of my girls to an avian vet before, so I guess that I will google to find one. Thanks again!!
     

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