Possible cyst/tumor on 4 week old chick???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cassleo, May 2, 2016.

  1. cassleo

    cassleo New Egg

    May 2, 2016
    Not sure what this bulge is or how to address it. Noticed it the other day and it's getting slightly bigger. It starts by the humerous and vertebrae on the back and extends to across half the chest. The chick is eating, drinking, and behaving normally.

  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

    Mar 9, 2014
    My Coop
    Have you palpated it and, if so, is it hard, fluid filled or air filled? Is it fixed or movable?
  3. cassleo

    cassleo New Egg

    May 2, 2016
    It seems movable. Kind of squishy. When I push slightly on it it takes a minute to "bounce" back. Not hard but dense. I can see an air bubble right under the skin. The mass is about the size of a ping ping ball.
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    It's possible that it could be a leaking air sac from an injury to the neck, back, or chest. Are you able to identify the chick's crop, to make sure that isn't what you are seeing? Leaking air sacs can be punctured with a 22 gauge to 18 gauge needle inserted just under the skin, and the air can be pushed out. It can come back again, and need to be re-done. Personally, if the chick is not having any problems breathing or the bulge is getting larger, I would leave it alone. Keep an eye one the chick's crop to make sure that it is normal like the other chicks.

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