Weird growth beside chick's eye

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by HighSpringsChix, May 19, 2009.

  1. HighSpringsChix

    HighSpringsChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone have any idea what this is and what to do about it? It's not squishy like a cyst, and it's attached.

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  2. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    is it hard? just by looking at it , to me, looks like another chick could have given it a blood blister? did it just appear or has it been *growing*?
     
  3. HighSpringsChix

    HighSpringsChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's pretty firm, but not bone hard, maybe more like a boil than a fatty cyst? I just noticed it for the first time today. It hasn't always been there, but I don't know how fast it's growing, yet.
     
  4. sweetie54

    sweetie54 Out Of The Brooder

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    hummmm dont know what that is but watch it and maybe put a warm wash cloth on it a few times a day???????[​IMG]
     
  5. HighSpringsChix

    HighSpringsChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's the same size today. The chick is eating and drinking fine, acting normal. Any ideas, anyone?
     
  6. ChickieKeeta

    ChickieKeeta C'mon C'mere Fluffa Feathers

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    I don't know what it is. One of my parrots had a feather cyst
    over his nares at the feather line. It suddenly appeared &
    it grew. It was surgically removed & the vet did a wonderful
    job. No scar, no uneven featherline.
    edited to add informational link
    check out Feather Cysts / Feather Lumps from AvianWeb.com.
     
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  7. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    Maine
    I would put a warm compress of some sort on it and as long as it doesn't get bigger would watch it. Sometimes freak things happen and as long as it isn't life threatening the wait and see seems to be the best thing....good luck
     
  8. chickeepoo

    chickeepoo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Keep a watch on it- and are your chicks vaccinated? I don't know how long various viruses like Marek's take to incubate and cause symptoms, but I posted a thread in April with pics of a buff hen with what turned from huge swelling into tumor-like lumps around the eye and throat. We did eventually lose her and 1 other bird that wasted away without showing the swelling and lumps.
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=172081

    Hopefully it's just a passing reaction to a bug bite or somethingÂ… anybody else have ideas?
     
  9. HighSpringsChix

    HighSpringsChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I got the eggs from seriousbill. The chicks aren't vaccinated. I sure hope it's not Marek's. If I recall correctly, Marek's causes lots of skin lesions and paralysis, neither of which I have noticed. I'm keeping my fingers crossed. Thanks for the input so far.
     
  10. HighSpringsChix

    HighSpringsChix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the chick is still acting normal. I stuck a hypo into the swelling today and sucked out what looks like water, completely colorless. I wonder if it could be a stopped up tear duct? I don't know where chickens tear ducts are located.

    I threw him back in with the other chicks. I guess I'll just have to keep and eye on it and drain it out when it gets to big. Doesn't seem to bother him, anyway.
     

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