Caked up nose holes on his beak.. Help!

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Miss Scarlet, Nov 3, 2014.

  1. Miss Scarlet

    Miss Scarlet In the Brooder

    I have read where chickens don't have colds. I have a buff polish rooster that has caked up breathing holes on his beak. He has to breath while opening his moth. I have cleaned these for the last two days. I m thinking of giving him some antibiotics today. He was wormed last week, but I found out, I might have done it wrong, so gonna worm him again. Do any of you have suggestions that might help. The consistency is like scabs or boogers. Sorry, I know that's gross but that is what I'm dealing with.
  2. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Crossing the Road

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    This could be from caked up feed instead of an infection. Can you post a picture of it? Sometimes the feed can build up, and may need to be softened with saline, oil, or peroxide (keep away from eyes.) A toothpick can be used to dig it out if needed. If this is a long term problem, canker can also affect the nares. Below is a picture of canker in the nares of the beak. Canker can be treated with FishZole, which is the same as metronidazole or Flagyl. Here is some reading on canker:

    Last edited: Nov 3, 2014
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I would get her nostrils all cleaned up. Use a damp sponge and clean up the face, beak and nostrils and as Eggcessive suggested, use a tooth pick and clean out the nostril cavity. You will need to towel her up to use the tooth pick. Get her all cleaned up and watch to see if she has a runny nose from a respiratory ailment or she just got into too much feed or even mud.

    Good luck with your bird and welcome to our flock!
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    Yes, definitely clean up the nostrils and then see what you're dealing with. If it seems like a respiratory disease, isolate the bird (if you haven't already) and start him on antibiotics. If your rooster appears to have canker, follow Eggcessive's advice.

    Keep in mind, though, that many respiratory diseases will never really go away. The disease will lie dormant in a bird's body, only appearing during times of stress, and he may be able to spread the problem to other birds.

    Good luck with your rooster! I hope whatever is wrong with him isn't serious.
  6. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.
  7. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 Free Ranging

    Feb 18, 2011
    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    I hope a thorough clean up will make your bird feel better. I would advise a softer stick than a toothpick, maybe a small cotton swab with most of the cotton removed so it fits inside the nostrils.

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