At my wit's end! Chicken's mouth won't heal

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Tmatthews, Feb 13, 2014.

  1. Tmatthews

    Tmatthews Out Of The Brooder

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    Several weeks ago I posted about my chicken having a yellow mass in her mouth. I treated it with iodine and vetericyn. For a few weeks now I've had her separated from the flock, I've given her Tylan 50 for her cough....which is much better, and I have been able to remove the mass in her mouth. It came right off with no bleeding. But now after a week, her mouth is still sore, it's bleeding a bit and she still has a hard time getting anything to go down her throat because she can't hold it right with her tongue off to the side and her beak is a little misshaped from this mass that's been on her for a couple of months now. She has a great appetite and eats as much as she can. But she is very skinny!! She has not gotten any worse nor better. I think the problem hindering her from gaining weight is that she just can't eat like she used to!

    Is there any general antibiotic I can administer or put on her mouth to get this healed up?

    Thanks for any suggestions!!
     
  2. dawg53

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    It could be canker. Metronidazole or flagyl, give one 250mg tablet orally once a day for 5 days.
     
  3. Eggcessive

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  4. Tmatthews

    Tmatthews Out Of The Brooder

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    Yep....you are right! I forgot to mention I bought an antibiotic from a website suggested on here for canker that is called a 4 in 1 powder. But it did nothing! So I thought maybe it wasn't canker. But I will check out that site you mentioned eggcessive! Thanks!
     
  5. Tmatthews

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    And thank you both Dawg53 and Eggcessive!! Like I said....I tried to treat her for canker but obviously didn't get the right stuff. I have some FishZole on its way! Didn't mean to make it sound like I wasn't listening to earlier advice. [​IMG]
     
  6. Eggcessive

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    Canker can be hard to treat. It is contagious to the rest of the flock from waterers and feeders. Dawg53 has posted about using acidified copper sulfate in the water 3 days each month to prevent the disease in the rest of the flock. The dose is 1/4 teaspoonful per gallon of water. If you don't see improvement after the fishzole, I would consult your vet. Look inside the beak and throat for any tissue blocking the airway--it may need to be removed. Here's a link for the ACS: http://www.jefferspet.com/acidified-copper-sulfate/camid/liv/cp/AB-A1/
     
  7. Tmatthews

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    Thank you eggcessive! I really appreciate your advice!!! I'll check into that link and if she doesn't improve with these suggestions I'll contact the vet. But thanks again!!!!
     

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