Cancerous warts on chicks beaks???

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jak2002003, Feb 1, 2017.

  1. jak2002003

    jak2002003 Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 24, 2009
    Hi. I have been having a problem with my chicks for about one year.

    Each time the hens hatch some out most get some kind of hard brown wart like tumor on their beak and many die.

    In a typical case I will notice one or two small red 'pimples' on the chicks beak. Quickly they turn dark brown, almost black, and start growing into big bumpy warts. They are very hard and solid.

    Some birds the growth stops.. but they keep the hard brown lump on their beak for a long time.. many weeks, before it falls off, usually leaving a scar or deformed beak, or even a hole in the side of the chiccks face.

    Some birds the growth keeps growing...getting huge and spreading all over the beak and inside it.. down the throat.. which makes eating and drinking for the chick very difficult.. and they eventually die.

    I stopped letting the hens hatch out any chicks for about 6 months... and then started again a few weeks ago. Sure enough the chicks developed the same symptom and I lost all 3 of them.

    I have been keeping and breeding chickens for about 12 years and I have never seen anything like this before.

    Does anyone have an idea what this disease could be?
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Flock Master

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    Can you post some photos?
    Without testing/necropsy it would be hard to know, but from what you describe it could be Canker or Trichomoniasis.

    Clean and sanitize your feed and water stations. Some treatments would include metronidazole, dimetridazole or carnidazole, but without knowing exactly what you have, I don't know how effective they would be.

    You may also want to post on this thread as well - it could be a form a Fowl Pox or someone may recognize what it is if you post photos

    @Eggcessive or @casportpony may have better ideas/information.

    Keep us posted.

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