Hi everyone. I got an issue with a rooster and I'm not sure if it is nothing to worry about or it is a bigger issue.
I saw a noticeable amount of blood on the feeder today so after dark I went out to see who was bleeding. After looking at each bird, I found that this rooster was bleeding from it's beak. I'm not sure if the blood is coming from the corner of the beak or from inside. The blood is present on both sides of the beak.
If it is outside the beak, I am not sure how to help him being so close to his beak.
The second issue with this same rooster is he has been missing feathers along his neck for about two months now. At first I thought he got into a fight with the other rooster or maybe he was molting but there has been no improvement. This rooster is the top of the pecking order and I have never seen any of the other chickens go after him so I don't think he is being pecked at. His neck is full of quills but they haven't gotten longer in two months. I checked the flock for mites and I see nothing.
Lastly, tonight I noticed a small white growth on the neck of the same rooster. I'm not sure if this is something to worry about or if it is related to the other issues.
I put blue wound kote on the rooster's neck so that is why the colors look a little off in the last two photos.
Edit: Fixed a typo.
Edited by chickenbee - 11/23/15 at 10:03pm