Lumpy Boil Suddenly Appeared on Chicken's Bum - Help Please!

HollyEllen1

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Aug 6, 2020
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Hi,

One of my battery rescue hens has developed a lumpy, boil like mass below her vent. It became noticeable yesterday (5th August 2020) and was bright red and squishy to touch. As soon as I noticed her looking lethargic and saw her bum I bathed her and quarantined her from the rest of the flock. Today the boil/lump has changed to a purple colour and is harder to the touch. The skin around the boil/lump has split and is weeping and I have since bathed her again and applied a topical antiseptic chicken spray to the area to try and keep it as clean as possible.
In regards to her demeanour today:

- She is eating well but doesn't seem to want much water
- Her poo is solid and regular but she is also doing little "farts" where a small amount of whitish/yellow liquid comes out and this is then going round the boil/lump but I am trying to clean this as much as she will let me.
- The area is obviously sore for her but she is able to sit on her bum when she wants to have a nap
- She is alert today compared to yesterday and is freely walking around and preening etc..
- We have had her about a year now from battery release so she is roughly 2 and a half years old.

I have searched the net and cannot find anything that looks remotely like this. It isn't a vent prolapse as her vent is actually clear. I also don't think it is a hernia due to the fact the skin is like a wound around the lump.
She is currently inside to prevent her getting any further infection from the coop but I don't know what is best to do. We aren't really able to take her to the vets but if there is no other option or suggestions of what it may be, we will have to find the funds.

If anyone has any insight for what this is, it would be greatly appreciated!
Thank you!!
Holly
 

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Sorry, I just reread your post, and see that it is not a prolapsed vent. My guess is that is could be an injury that has become abscessed or a cancerous tumor. Can you see any evidence of maggot larvae in the lesion? Flystrike which is maggot infestation can be very serious when flies are out. They are drawn to soiled vents or wounds. Soaking and removing magggots is key. Disinfect the wound twice a day with something like Hibiclens and water, or Betadine, and apply plain Neosporin ointment twice a day. Please let us know what this turns out to be.
 

HollyEllen1

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Aug 6, 2020
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Sorry, I just reread your post, and see that it is not a prolapsed vent. My guess is that is could be an injury that has become abscessed or a cancerous tumor. Can you see any evidence of maggot larvae in the lesion? Flystrike which is maggot infestation can be very serious when flies are out. They are drawn to soiled vents or wounds. Soaking and removing magggots is key. Disinfect the wound twice a day with something like Hibiclens and water, or Betadine, and apply plain Neosporin ointment twice a day. Please let us know what this turns out to be.
Hi!
So little update she is much better today! The lump has fully hardened now and is beginning to shrink and dry out she is eating, drinking and running around now without a care in the world. I'm continuing to wash it and antiseptic spray it and am hoping whatever it is will just fall off 🙈
No maggots or larvae are present but I'm hoping that by keeping it clean and sanitised this will keep anything like that at bay too.
I still have no idea what it is. I sent a photo into my vet and they said they hadn't seen anything like it either. She clearly is the first chicken with a boil on her butt! 😂
I'm hoping this is the start of her recovering though so will keep you guys updated!
Thank you!
 

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