Suggestions on how to proceed

This is a black australorp. She’s eating and drinking fine. My husband noticed she didn’t roost last night. We’re not aware of any specific incident that could have caused this. This is her lower right chest area. She has a softball sized soft area on her chest filled with fluid I’m assuming. Putting pressure on it makes the fluid redistribute, but nothing comes out of the wound.

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Katherine Stubbe
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Katherine Stubbe

If the fluid area is directly below her neck and is evenly distributed, that is her crop and that is completely normal. The cut could be from a rooster. Clean her up with warm water on a wash rag. Place her in a quiet , dark and warm place, with food and water, but no perch. Check on her periodically and see if it heals on its own in a day or two.

Hollie Boutilier
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Hollie Boutilier

A chicken that’s eating and drinking usually recovers in time without our help (just keep the other chickens from messing with her wound).