polish pullet with lumpy front

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by thecluckstonian, Sep 16, 2009.

  1. thecluckstonian

    thecluckstonian New Egg

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    we have a 21 week old buff laced polish pullet. until 1 week ago, she and her 4 flockmates, who we received hatched in the mail, were in perfect health. when we went to move the young girls into the big coop, we noticed this problem with the polish:

    she has a very soft, almost liquidy lump where her crop might be* (please read on) and it extends all the way to her right side under her right shoulder. after an initial panic, we referred immediately to the byc forum and gave her an armchair diagnosis of impacted crop. we treated her with oil (fed by eyedropper) and massaged the mass, removed her bowl of food and were feeding her liquids, yogurt and molasses. the thing is, her poops are always normal (reflecting what we fed her) and she never seems to be in pain. she was always the smallest one and she's still small compared to the other polish we have, and she doesn't move around quite as readily or enthusiastically as her buddies. we have attributed this to the size of the mass as opposed to malnourishment as she eats fairly ravenously (and the poops are always normal), but even after she binges the lump is always soft. there are some times that it seems the lump is within a muscle (crop?) because as we massage her sometimes it will become hard and small - like as though she's muscularly contracting it - but soon returns to a giant puffy mass.

    our treatments for impacted crop did nothing to diminish the size of the lump, nor is it smaller in the morning, or hard after eating mash.

    she does have some other issues. she stumbles a lot and makes strange ballet-esque movements with her feet - she always has, not just since the weird lumps arrived. she is also missing the middle talon on her right foot, which gives us the general idea that maybe something is just not ideal in her genetics.

    she is currently staying in our 'isolation unit' - inside the house, in an unlined cardboard box. because the lump is so liquidy and soft and other impacted crop situations usually refer to a hardened mass, we are thinking it may be an infection and have started her on duramycin today.

    any ideas?
     
  2. ZepChick

    ZepChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have no ideas for you, but had a pullet with a similar looking/feeling "crop" about a year ago. Ours was a sickly chicken, though. I am looking forward to your responses from other BYCers as to what it may be. Good luck with your Polish, I think they are such sweet birds [​IMG]
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    She does not have impacted crop--it would feel rock hard and remain that way rather than moving down her digestive track. She may have sour crop.
     
  4. thecluckstonian

    thecluckstonian New Egg

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    sonoran - thanks for the feedback. it's good to think we may be on the right track.

    zepchick - thanks for the sympathy.

    i will post back when we have conclusive evidence that the duramycin is either working or not working.
     
  5. thecluckstonian

    thecluckstonian New Egg

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    happily, the duramycin worked! we gave it to her in water for 5 days, continuing the olive oil + massage treatment. the lump reduced in size by half, then felt hard, then was gone and all was back to normal. not sure what to give most of the credit to, but i would highly recommend trying duramycin in water at first sign of possible crop infection. just don't eat eggs that are laid during this period.

    our little buff polish is back to happily clucking around the backyard. phew!
     

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