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Strange bump on ducks neck

Conroe, TX

This little duck is very active and eats well, but has a large soft knot on the side of its neck. It is red as you can see in the picture. It is really hard to get a good picture, he moves too much, but it is out the side of its neck, his neck is straight, not curved but looks curved because of the knot. What could this be? He is about 1-1/2 weeks old.

Thumbnail by smedgekles
Pelzer, SC(Zone 7b)

Is there a psooibility that s/he's been injured? My first thought is abcess. I'd try some warm compresses if the duckie will allow it. Can't hurt, might help :)

Conroe, TX

I don't think so, and my son is saying he noticed a bit of red there when it was little bitty, like shortly after hatch. The swelling is from the wing to the head up the side. Very strange. He hatched earlier than we expected and was out of the nest and behind it already fully dry and quite mobile. We guess that maybe he hatched during the night or early in the morning and we found him later in the afternoon. We went to check on the hen and her eggs, and heard peeping and found him. I'm wondering if it got bitten by a spider or something that could be under or behind the nest boxes since they are seperate boxes that sit inside the henhouse. It has already been over a week though, would it still be swelling if that were the case? I think I'll go out there today and move the nest boxes and see if there is anything back there.

Richmond, TX

Does the lump seem to be painful?

Ferndale, WA

If he's eating and getting around well, I'd leave it alone. You could be right maybe a spider bite, but nonetheless if he's doing well I'd leave it alone and just watch him. Maybe it will go away on it's own and maybe it will always be with him/her...Hay

Conroe, TX

It doesn't seem to cause him pain. And he is eating and drinking well, he has always been a very active little duck from day one, moreso than any other duckling we have had.

Richmond, TX

It sounds like the bump is just a curiosity and the duck at least thinks he's fine.

Conroe, TX

It's amazing, the bump is almost gone! I went out and checked him just a bit ago, and the swelling is way down, still there a little, but way less than it was yesterday,

Richmond, TX

Miracle! Reported right here on Dave's Garden!

Ferndale, WA

PorkPal: (she's our drama Queen)...LOL...Hay

(Zone 6b)

Porkpal, you are the best! You and Hay made me smile.

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