I have an 8-month old Polish hen named Mavis. She is a very loved chicken who lives with 2 other young chickens on our enclosed porch and free ranges in the back yard. These chickens are my first attempt at having a flock and whose purpose are as pets. Two weeks ago I noticed a large growth on the side of Mavis's head. I thought that it was an infection but it turned out to be a tumor, more specifically squamous cell carcinoma. I found a wonderful vet who operated right away. He wasn't able to remove the whole tumor without removing her eye but he removed more of it and cut off the blood supply to what was left. We were hoping that the tumor would then die. Saturday I am taking her back in for her follow-up appointment. The tumor is large and has obviously come back. I'm very torn about what to do. On one hand, other than the tumor she seems happy and healthly. She is eating and energetic. She's separated from the rest of the flock for the time being but seems happy and loves her constant treats. She's used to being handled so is putting up with the twice daily liquid oral antibiotic and some cuddling. (Ever tried to give a chicken an oral antibiotic twice a day? We must look silly.) She's having a hard time with depth perception as the tumor has enclosed her eye again, but otherwise seems okay. She is only 8 months old and that seems so young to be put down. On the other hand, I'm not sure how much she would suffer without an eye since it looks like they will have to remove it to help ensure the tumor doesn't return. The surgery isn't 100% guaranteed. Also, my husband probably thinks I'm being ridiculous paying for surgery for a chicken. I suppose he may be right. I'm just trying to figure out what to do. I've been going over and over it in my head. I'd love to hear from other chicken lovers to get their opinions. Thanks!