Bumps on face - doesn't look like pox

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  1. clucknark

    clucknark Out Of The Brooder

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    I have had dry pox in my flock and there are still a few mature birds with scabs. I have never had chicks or younger juveniles with pox, but I have a few chicks in one brooder that have bumps on their faces. They don't look like typical pox to me, so I'm hoping that someone can shed a little light on this.

    The bumps are localized to the face. I do have one chick with some type of nodule on the upper part of his crop and I have included a picture of that as well. I was concerned about a possible respiratory infection, but there are no discernible signs (wheezing, gasping, rasping, clicking, crackling, or heavy breathing). The chicks seem fine other than the bumps. They are acting normally so far - no lethargy, have good appetites, and have normal poop.

    I have had poultry for a few years and have never had chicks with pox or any other disease or illness besides cocci. Any ideas?

    Excuse the messy chick - I pulled him out of the feed bowl. :). His eye is closed in the pic but he can open it.

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    This is the nodule/bump on his crop.
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  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    The first picture looks like the eye is fairly swollen which usually makes me think respiratory infection. But all of those bumps have the yellow scabs kind of like pox missing the brown tops. Fowl pox can get into the eyes causing secondary infections, so I would be tempted to start them on some oxytetracycline (Terramycin, Tetroxy HCA 280) or erythromycin in the water. Links to meds if you can't find them at your feed store:
    http://www.jefferspet.com/tetroxy-hca/camid/LIV/cp/MOB-T1/cn/3502/
    http://www.jefferspet.com/gallimycin-powder/camid/LIV/cp/WJ-G5/cn/3502/
     
  3. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Looks like there might be pus in them lumps... I'd try lancing and removing it.

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  5. clucknark

    clucknark Out Of The Brooder

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    I am going to try to lance the bumps and put antibiotics in the water. I had to order antibiotics as there is nowhere locally that sells them. Should I put anything on them (after lancing) in the meantime?
     
  6. casportpony

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    Betadine and maybe neosporin.

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  7. casportpony

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    Be very careful when you do the one on the crop, 'cause you don't want a hole from the outside into the crop. Make sense?

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  8. clucknark

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    Yes, thanks! I'm a bit nervous about lancing them in the first place. I'm scared to apply too much pressure and I'm not sure what I am going to use for a lance that will be easy to control while holding a chick. I don't have a surgical lance.
     
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  9. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    I've used a plain-ole x-acto blade. Beware, the one on the face will probably bleed a lot, lol.

    -Kathy
     
  10. clucknark

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    Yikes, I guess I should make sure I have a styptic pencil on hand.
     

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