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Can anyone help me identify this
I have 3 Orpington hens. One of the year old hens has this swollen featherless area below her vent. It is about the size of half of a small grapefruit. I googled some key words and am amazed at the number of people whose chickens have this issue, yet there is not one single answer on whether or not anyone knows what this is, if their chickens lived or died, etc. there is even a video on you tube! Other than this strange looking “growth” beneath her vent, my hen seems normal, active, and has a good appetite. She has been laying at least every other day. Her last lay was day before yesterday.. I wish I could find out something about this. It is worrisome. I am attached to her and if she is going to die I would like to try and get myself as emotionally prepared as I can. In the last month I have spent $1000 on my cat and a different hen. I just don’t have the funds to go back to the vet right now. So I will post this and see if I can find out anything about it. The skin is not broken, there are no draining areas. The dark places are poo. She has been wormed and I have cleaned the coop thoroughly and sprayed permethrin. I have a good photo of this area that I took this morning and want to post it but am not unable to upload it here