Clear Slimy Liquid Dripping From Beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jujube2, Jan 30, 2014.

  1. jujube2

    jujube2 Out Of The Brooder

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    Hello,

    My 7 month old Americana hen started moving slowly, separating herself from the flock, not eating or drinking. She has a clear slimy fluid dripping from her beak, crop is flat, no sores in the mouth, no lumps any place on the body. We have removed her from the flock, today is day 3 without food or water. She is very alert, moving around and talking with me as she usually does, has not laid an egg since Monday and her poop is lose with a white color. What is this fluid dripping from her beak that seems to irritate her to no end? what should I do to stop this fluid and does anyone know what causes it? I noticed today the feathers under her neck are missing and she has a white spot on either side of her face (possibly a rash or fungus)

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  2. seminolewind

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    3 days no food or water? You may want to pm casportpony and she can tell you how to tube feed if need be. I wonder if there's a blockage further down past her crop?
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    If her crop is flat, the liquid may be mucus coming from her sinuses, from a respiratory disease. Does she have a bad odor around her head? Can you feel or hear any rattles or wheezing in her chest? Here is a list of respiratory diseases. You might note infectious bronchitis, mycoplasma gallisepticum, and infectious coryza: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ps044
     
  4. jujube2

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    Hello All,

    Happy to announce my American is drip free and back with the flock as happy as she can be! Eating drinking and scratching with the best of them. I had read horror stories of the flock rejecting hens kept away from the others. I was relieved after letting her walk in the garden which is next to their run, that when I opened the gate they acted as though she was there all the time.
     
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  5. jujube2

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    Hi,

    Well after a couple days of not seeing the dripping beak, today it's back. I searched the site you attached but don't know which condition my Americana is suffering from. I will remove her again today to the chick hospital. What can I give her to help with this drip? Other than the drip she has no symptoms. She's eating, drinking, getting around as usual. My 2 Americana hens have always been slow paced compared to the other girls, so when she is moving, it is at her normal slower pace. I will keep reading and researching to find out if there is something that does not require a prescription I can give the entire flock to prevent a disaster. I sprinkle a little garlic in their feed, crush a clove and let it sit overnight to add to their water 2-3 days a week. Use a TBSP of cider vinegar to each gallon of water, use electrolyte and probiotic packs per gallon of water when alternating water additives and some days they can not wait for the switch to buttermilk in their waterer instead of the probiotic packet. They love greens, dandelions and lambs ear. I started adding diatomaceous earth a week ago 2 TBSP to feed, sprinkled in nesting boxes and corners of coop and dust the run with it. I notice some people swear by it, others say it's a waste of time and money for worming. There is so much information put on the forum which makes it a bit difficult to know what works best for your particular flock. We are in North FL where we have pretty chilly winters down to about 16 degrees sometimes with scorching summers in the high 90's. Lots of prayers and TLC are the main staples for our flock of now 26 after the loss of Gertie 2 weeks ago.

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  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    It sounds like she has sour crop. It is very hard to treat, may occur with another disease going on at same time, and may be a result of prolonged impacted crop. Here is a good link on how to treat it: http://www.tillysnest.com/2012/01/crop-issues.html
     
  7. jujube2

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    Hi,

    I have this site but do not believe it is sour crop because she is eating normally and her poop is back to the large round form she had before the drip from the beak. Crop is flat each morning nothing to massage in there and no other symptoms. I believe it could be one of the respiratory ailments, cold/roup/sinus or something along those symptoms. She is not dripping again, still eating and drinking very well, high energy. I can not get Nystatin as recommended on Tilly's site. I will search to see if there is anything compatible that can be purchased without a prescription.

    I now have a hen with a swollen eye on her right side. I believe this is her ear that looks different from her left her. I'm not sure if this is an injury or cold at her eye. We are completing a coop twice the size of the one they occupy now (8' X 8') to give them more than enough space. They do peck each other to the point of a chick scream sometimes and after what they did to poor Lizzie, I'm not so sure this is not an injury. I'm searching symptoms and swollen eye posts now. We have also built a 3 compartment chick hospital in addition to the 2 compartment. We had not had illness or injury for the 8 months we've had them until 2 weeks ago so we figure better prepared than not. This is the match to the partridge with the limp that was picked clean.
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    photos 1 & 4 are left eye photos 2 & 3 are swollen or injured right eye
     
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  9. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Medistatin is the same drug in Nystatin, and is available online without a prescription. Look inside the beak and throat of your hen who drools for any yellow or odd looking patches of tissue that could be wet fowl pox. Those scabs in the pictures do look like fowl pox if it isn't from injury. Do you live in a warm area with mosquitoes out now? Here is a series of pictures of fowl pox pictures : http://partnersah.vet.cornell.edu/avian-atlas/search/disease/510
     
  10. jujube2

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    Hi,

    I do live in a warm climate but during the winter we range between 16 and 40 degrees. Have not had mosquito problems so far, but they will be flying in the spring. I will chick this sight. The hen with the clear discharge did not have anything in her mouth last week when I opened her beak to look in. I did see something under the front of her tongue but could not get a good look she fought us to get lose. I will have my husband hold her in a towel tomorrow and will check both hens mouth's.

    Thanks Again
     

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