Strange Growth Around Chickens Eye

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TheFluffyButt, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. TheFluffyButt

    TheFluffyButt Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey Forum,

    Long time lurker, I've finally been urged to create an account.

    I have 3 chickens of different breeds and 1 of my chickens has recently appeared to have 2 lumps, almost like a wart, just around her right eye.

    I have brought up these chickens since they were 1 week old chicks.
    They are now going on their 9 months with a steady egg laying track record.

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    She's eating and drinking fine, still running around with the other 2 and her eggs are being laid as they normally are.
    She isn't any colder or warmer than usual as well and her behavior is fine.

    She also appears to have some small black lumps on her comb with 2 growing on her left waddle.
    By looking around on the internet at a few different chicken diseases, it appears as though she may have developed fowl pox somehow.

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    We are currently going through winter, so mosquitoes are quite rare for us.

    My main concern however, is these two lumps around her eye.
    The ends of the lumps have a small bit of crusting, but she doesn't react in pain if you touch them.

    Has anyone seen this?

    Is there any danger to her well-being or to the other chickens?
    The other chickens don't have any growths or pox at all, so it seems as though these lumps must be quite fresh.

    Also how to I go about using her eggs?
    Is it safe to consume chicken eggs if the chicken has a viral infection?
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    I would doubt that pox is the problem if it is winter where you live, since mosquitoes and some other insects are the main carriers of fowl pox. It could be cyst or peck woundsthat have abscessed, but the white crusts look a little like fingus. Peck wound scabs can look white after they start healing. I would be interested in hearing what others say about this.
     
  3. Gomara1

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    Honestly? It looks like a wart to me! It doesn't seem impossible for them to get warts and if she isn't affected at all just try to keep it clean and prevent her from bleeding onto other hens (you probably don't want the other girls getting the virus) Warts are pretty harmless but they are a virus so you can't give her antibiotics. If it keeps getting worse it might be the pox but to be perfectly honest it looks like plain old wart.
     
  4. TheFluffyButt

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    I just had a few minutes to check on her and I'm now under the suspicion that it's as a result of a hard peck from one of the other chickens.

    They love their vegetables and every time I put them something extra, they run around my feet trying to eat more than the other chickens.

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    Now when this happens, the black chicken loves to eat the most.
    At times, she will peck the other two to stop them from eating, though she's more aggressive to the brown and white chicken.

    Just now when I fed them some lettuce, the black chicken pecked the brown and white chicken on the head, but I wonder if the two lumps were caused from a hard peck that may have become infected.

    If this is an infected wound, will lancing and maintaining the wound be the best way to go?
    I didn't have a chance to feel if the lumps are now hard or if they're still soft.
    And the crusting on the outside of the lumps seems to be stuck on.

    Any advise is greatly appreciated, as right now, I'm keeping her with the others in the same chicken house without any special treatment.
     
  5. TheFluffyButt

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    I checked her out again just now and found that the lump doesn't seem to have grown since I last checked it 18 hours ago.

    (Left is most recent shots, Right is 18 hours ago)
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    The crusted crater looks like a wart.

    Am I correct in assuming that it'll just fall off in time?

    It looks as though there's a small leakage of puss towards the top right of the lump, so perhaps it is an infection.
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Then it might not hurt to go ahead and clean the skin, lance it, and try squeezing out a kernel of pus. Just get another pair of hands to hold her with a towel over her eyes. If it is an abscess, it will heal more quickly if you get it out. If you only get blood after squeezing, then it may be a cyst.
     

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