Chickens with a growth of their face (photos included)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jess88, Jan 6, 2013.

  1. jess88

    jess88 New Egg

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    Hello, I am hoping someone can help identify what is wrong with my chickens.

    We recently had 6 chickens hatch and they seemed fine to begin with, they are 2-3 weeks old now and a couple of them have developed these growths on their face. Photos below

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    The chickens are eating fine, the run around and cheap a lot, they just have these weird things on their faces. We thought it might be fowl pox, but after googling it, we don't think it is.

    We bought the parents as almost adults and now think that they we they were a bit inbred and we have inbred them more.

    Could these growths be a result of inbreeding or are they sick? From the same 6 chickens we also have one that only has one wing and another one who is a real runt. But the other two seem perfectly fine so far.

    Thanks in advance to anyone who replies. We definitely won't be breeding those two chickens again, but would really like to help the 6 baby ones we do have.
     
  2. featherz

    featherz Veggie Chick

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    Wow, that looks like dry fowl pox to me, but I've never seen it on such young babies. You have any mosquitoes around this time of year?
     
  3. jess88

    jess88 New Egg

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    We do have a lot of mosquitoes. We have been putting out mozzie coils to keep them away.

    I googled fowl pox and it seems like there is a vaccination, but not much that you can do once they get it.

    The lumps aren't scabs either, they are just lumps.

    Thanks for the reply!
     
  4. MarcoPollo

    MarcoPollo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If they are running around and eating well then I would say it's fowl pox too. Mine just got over it. It should take about a month to go away. My chickens were better after 2 1/2 weeks. One of my hens had the sores all around her eye and it looked like her sight was compromised, but she is fine and dandy now :) The ugly lumps went away.
    Hope that your chicks are doing well and that the lumps go away soon.
     
  5. jess88

    jess88 New Egg

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    Hi, thanks for your help featherz and Marco! I looked at them this morning and the lumps have scabbed over and look like the fowl pox pictures now.

    I will keep an eye on them and wait for it to go away.

    Thanks again!
     

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