Swollen Eye (possible tumor)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by KissMeYouAnimal, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. KissMeYouAnimal

    KissMeYouAnimal New Egg

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    Hey guys... One of my best roosters has come down with a strange tumor like growth/in around his eye. My father and I thought it was an infection and after looking around online I found an article that said the best thing to do was drain it. So thats what we dide, or tried to do. We soaked the affected eye in warm water for a little while then sanitized a razor blade with iodine and made a tiny incision in the bottom eyelid hoping it would drain. It didn't drain though, in fact, nothing came out and upon poking and prodding the area we discovered that the eye was hard as a rock. My dad used to work as a registered nurse and he said it was probably a tumor in the eye. I've heard that Mareks disease can cause tumors and if it is mareks disease the best thing to do would be to humanely euthanize the chicken... I don't really want to kill my bird so we decided to wait a few days to see if it heals but I don't think it will... Is there anything else I can do for my chicken? Any other ideas as to what this might be??? The affected area is now close to the size of a golf ball and has a crusty brownish layer of skin around it. His other eye is a little watery but completely fine and non of the other birds seem to be infected.

    Thanks for your help!!! <3
     
  2. KissMeYouAnimal

    KissMeYouAnimal New Egg

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    bump!!!
    **update** My roosters eye is still very swollen looking and disgusting... It looks a little bigger than yesterday as well! I don't know what to do!!!! is it a tumor? should I call the vet?
     
  3. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    I am also an RN... not that that matters when it comes to chickens!!! :)
    Hard to tell without pics, but I can tell you that chicken 'pus' is very hard like cheese - generally you can't drain it out with a needle hole or small incision. If it's an abscess, you'd need to make a much larger incision to get it out. Can you get a pic? Is he having any respiratory symptoms like sneezing?
     
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  4. KissMeYouAnimal

    KissMeYouAnimal New Egg

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    My rooster seems to be fine (besides the obvious...) he is eating and drinking no runny noes, no sneezing or coughing. Thats why I am so confused! I went an checked on him a little while ago. the bump doesn't seem to have grown anymore so I guess that is good. It is so confusing because he seems fine other than the growth on his face! No signs of anything wrong with the other chickens either so I don't think its contagious... I'll try to get some pictures of it but I'm trying to leave the poor guy alone as much as possible to minimize stress... If I still haven't figured out a solution by tomorrow I will take some pictures and post them. thanks for the help!
     
  5. Hi, I have a rooster who has something similar to what you described, well it's not big as a golf ball, but it seems like the red area between his eye and his beek is swollen, and he doesn't have any other symptoms of any kind, and none of my hens have that, he has had it for a couple of weeks now, other than maybe hindering his sight a little because of the bump right next to his eye, he doesn't seem to be bothered by it, but it sure bothers me not knowing what it is or what to do about it if anything ?

    I'll try to take a picture of him, but he doesn't usually stay putt long enough for a close-up shot lol He runs around the yard all over and keeps my hens busy & on their toes ! lol
     
  6. Country Canadien Chicken: your chicken, being the bump iz between the eye and beak means he has a respitory infection. You need to cure it VERY quickly. It will worsen into the chicken dies. :(
    Keep coops clean, good ventilation is the words of wisdom i share most often.
     

  7. Pleaze read above post.
     

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