OMG: What the heck is this??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ProfTi, Nov 10, 2013.

  1. ProfTi

    ProfTi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    My Tom has been coughing a bit for a couple of days. With the change in weather, I haven't been too worried. He has been eating and strutting like normal. I woke and his head and neck looked like this!!! I have never seen anything like it. Ideas???? Poor little guy. Everyone else seems just fine.
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  2. ProfTi

    ProfTi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    ETA: The mass is soft, airy and not hot. It is on both sides and on his neck.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It looks like subcutaneous emphysema, or wind puff. It can be due to an injury to his air sac or from infection. Since he has been coughing, it may be infection, but I'm not sure. I don't know if want to medicate him with antibiotics such as Tylan or tetracycline, or just watch him. You may want to take an 18 gauge needle, stick it just under the skin and press the air out of there, or use a large syringe on the needle.
     
  4. fosterson

    fosterson Chillin' With My Peeps

    I can honestly say I don't know, but I'd isolate him from the rest of the poultry NOW and see if anyone else is sneezing and coughing. That does not look good.
     
  5. ProfTi

    ProfTi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Got him isolated and warm quickly. He is resting now.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Another possibility is swollen head syndrome that sometimes affects turkeys and chickens.
     
  7. ProfTi

    ProfTi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN
    Where can I get Tylan? The needle sounds like it might be a good approach....it is really, really puffed up. It is the worst thing I have ever seen with my flock.
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Tylan 50 is cheap and most Tractor supplies and feed stores carry it. Tylan 200 is 4 times stronger. Dose of Tylan 50 is 1 cc or ml per every 10 pounds. Tylan 200 would be 1/4 cc per 10 pounds.

    I will be away for a little while from the computer--just post on here and someone will help you.
     
    Last edited: Nov 10, 2013
  9. ProfTi

    ProfTi Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 30, 2012
    Minneapolis, MN

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