bumps on beaks

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by sstielst, Sep 7, 2008.

  1. sstielst

    sstielst Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi-I have four 4-week old chicks and all of them have grown big bumps on their beaks. I'm new to raising chickens and don't know whether or not this is normal or if they are sick. One of our chicks died a couple of days ago (I'm not sure from what--just got listless and sort of wheezy, and in fact another one is also acting like that...).

    Are these bumps normal? Do they sometimes bleed (2 of mine have)?

    Thanks in advance for any thoughts or insight!

    P.S. I figured out how to add photos. Thanks!

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  2. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Do you have a picture of the bumps? It could be a number of things.
     
  3. lovinthechickens

    lovinthechickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh wow, those dont look too good.
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    No idea... *bump*
     
  5. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    i believe that is fowl pox
     
  6. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    I just looked up fowl pox on google and foudn lots of pics that appear to match yours.

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  7. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Where did you get these chicks? I would definitely notify them of the problem. Poor babies. [​IMG]

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  8. sstielst

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    Thanks to all of you for the suggestion of fowl pox. If that's what it is, does anybody know what the prognosis is likely to be, both in terms of whether they'll live and whether they'll be okay at egg-laying?
     
  9. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    I have never experienced it, but from what I am reading it does sound like they can recover and not be carriers. Fowl pox is typically transmitted by mosquitos and if it is common in your area, you may want to vaccinate for it. Here is some more info.

    http://www.msstate.edu/dept/poultry/disviral.htm

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  10. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    That is fowl pox and I've dealt with it a few times. It sucks but it's not as bad as I've seen.
    First off, if you have other chickens, make sure you do not introduce the fowl pox to the other birds. Keep these chicks away from other chickens and wash your hands before tending to other birds.
    What's going to happen is they are going to pop and puss, and you'll have to keep some sort of ointment on it to keep the scabs from becoming too uncomfortable. I use Bag Balm mixed with something called Corona (it is used on horses) but just Bag Balm is fine. Even Vasoline would work, but the Bag Balm has some soothing medication in it. Keep the pox moist and make sure the chicks are eating and drinking.
    Also, if the pox spreads to their eyes, that is a whole 'nother monster. You'd have to hand feed/water them since they probably won't be able to see well enough to eat and drink.
    Another thing... If you can keep them inside in a brooder, that would be best. Flies and other bugs can spread the fowl pox to other birds or reintroduce the pox to these little guys.
     

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