Possible Tumour in Neck? Please Help, I am Desperate!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by outdoorzgirl, Feb 17, 2011.

  1. outdoorzgirl

    outdoorzgirl Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 19, 2010
    Lexington, NC
    Last Friday, I acquired a partially blind chicken. She is an Americauna, approx. 17 weeks old. She had a nasal discharge and a cough when I got her. I gave her 3 days worth of Tylan orally which has cleared up the discharge. She has been eating and drinking normally..up until today. She does not seem to have as much of an appetite. Poop is normal. I have been keeping her in isolation. Her crop seems to be functioning normally, but to the right of the pouch is a long narrow hard lump that runs halfway up her neck. She seems to breathe okay, but I believe the hard thing is causing her to cough. Every time I press on it she coughs. I am very distraught. I have spent hours a day with her and have become very attached. She follows me around, jumps in my lap, etc. This situation literally has me in tears. I don't know what to do. Now I wish I would have not agreed to take her. At least I would not have formed an attachment. I created a topic last we:(ek when I first got her, but my computer crashed on me and I am just now able to get back online.
  2. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2010
    Im really sorry about your hen [​IMG]
    Maybe she is crop bound [​IMG]
  3. outdoorzgirl

    outdoorzgirl Out Of The Brooder

    Nov 19, 2010
    Lexington, NC
    How can I tell for sure if it is her crop? I researched crop bound, but I am still not sure. She did end up having a great appetite yesterday. She must have just been picky at that moment that I was trying to hand feed her. The pouch was empty this morning, but the hard longish lump is still there. It feels very hard. Should I withhold food and give her olive oil? I tried massaging it yesterday, but it seemed to make her uncomfortable, plus it is sooo hard. Almost feels bone hard. I did not want to hurt her. She had a nice healthy pile of poop under her roost. She wanted to roost on my shoulder last night, lol. Ophelia has some serious attachment issues! Edited to add that not only have I fallen in love with her, but my Great Pyrenees puppy also loves her dearly.

    Last edited: Feb 18, 2011
  4. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    That's just great, the puppy and the hen.

    I have no idea what's wrong with your hen. I think I'd quit worrying about her crop, though, if it is empty in the AM and full in the PM.

    Good luck!
  5. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

    Mar 16, 2009
    onchiota NY
    Quote:Im not sure what the problem could be but wanted to say those are darling photos!!! [​IMG]
  6. benjoycei

    benjoycei Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 4, 2011
    LOVE THE PHOTOS!!! The dog is lovin' it!
    Is there a veteranarian in the area who will treat chickens?
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011
  7. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Forgive me for asking, but what is your experience level with chickens? In other words, are you sure what you're feeling is abnormal?
  8. GreenGables

    GreenGables Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    The pictures are adorable! I'm not sure what her problem is but I would be happy that she is drinking, eating, and pooping well. I hope she is fine.
  9. AinaWGSD

    AinaWGSD Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Sullivan, IL
    Quote:Agreed. Birds have enclosed calcified tracheal rings, so that you have to actually try to strangle them (you won't strangle them just by normal firm but gentle restraint) and the trachea should be located to the right of the crop. Is it possible that this may be what you are feeling?

    BTW, I absolutely adore that second photo where Ophelia is snuggling into the sleeping puppy!
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2011
  10. chickengrl

    chickengrl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 30, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    Honestly, what is more worrisome is the cough and nasal discharge. It sound like a respiratory infection which can be very infectious and can be spread to your other birds easily. Unfortunately, many of these leave the bird a carrier even if they get over the infection. I really hope that is not the case. Good job on keeping her quarantined. I hope it works out for you. She is beautiful and looks very much like my favorite hen. Love the puppy with her! [​IMG]

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