Odd bump above tail - lethargic, barely eating, drinking, diarrhea

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by NEGATiZE, Mar 8, 2016.

  1. NEGATiZE

    NEGATiZE Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey Folks,

    So my four year old chicken is not doing too great. Over the past 4 days she's gotten very lethargic and barely eating, drinking, and having runny stool. Today, I bought some electrolytes / probiotics and fed the mix to her with a syringe. She's now in a box in my living room. I did a visual inspection and found something very odd just forward of her tail feathers. It looks like either a huge "pus bump" or a very very thick/wide feather trying to grow its way out. Around the bump is all black. If I try to touch it, it's obvious its causing her pain. I poured some hydrogen peroxide around the area. Does anyone know what this could be?

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  2. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That looks almost like an ingrown feather, I would try to lance it and see what comes out, peroxide shouldn't be used because it eats the good flesh and the diseased, an it can prevent healing.
     
  3. NEGATiZE

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    Given its location, do you think it could be the preening gland?
     
  4. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It could be the preening gland but it still is probably infected given how puffed up it is, and if it is causing it pain then there is a probably a problem with it.
     
  5. NEGATiZE

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    So I gave her a warm water rinse in my garage sink...the black stuff is mostly gone. It does look like her preening gland and it does cause her discomfort when touching it. How should I treat an infection?

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  6. Wyorp Rock

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  7. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you could try some neosporin.
     
  8. mg15

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    Looks like she may have a bad case of mites. Do you think she has the northern fowl mite.? The bugs are blackish and extremely tiny and suck blood and can take a bird down.
     
  9. mg15

    mg15 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is her oil gland.
     
  10. NEGATiZE

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    Sad news everyone - shortly after I posted yesterday evening, she passed away. She lived a great four years. :(
     

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