EMERGENCY!!! Please Help!! Part of Beak missing, I have pics!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cockybalboa, Sep 13, 2010.

  1. cockybalboa

    cockybalboa Out Of The Brooder

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    I have an emergency with two of my 4 chickens, their beak seams to be corroding away, one of them has half of the top part of her beak missing and she can't eat!! Yikes, i don't know what to do, and have been unable to find anything like it on BYC message boards. I am in dire straits and a novice with chickens. I only noticed it today, because they always have stuff on their beaks so i don't pay much attention until i bent down to give them some water and socialize a bit. They seem active and fine but it looks really bad. Their combs are a bit floppy compared to the others. I have already isolated the two with the problem but i don't want them to die. They are about 6months old. Any advise/help is much appreciated. The second chicken (ie the second pic) she isn't too bad yet but she has the same black looking growth that is sorty of wanting to peel away much like a nail fungus, but i am no expert.

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    Yes that is her beak missing, i didn't photoshop it> it looks really bad. You can image how/why she can't eat. This is what makes it so urgent.

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    Last edited: Sep 14, 2010
  2. amberu

    amberu Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm giving you a bump..cause that is wicked looking! Sorry for your chicken problem

    Amber
     
  3. cockybalboa

    cockybalboa Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the bump it looks like I'm gonna need it, I posted some better more clear pics.[​IMG]
     
  4. BarkerChickens

    BarkerChickens Microbrewing Chickenologist

    Nov 25, 2007
    High Desert, CA
    Where did you get the chickens? How long have you had them? The only reason I ask is that the first one looks like a poorly clipped beak. Some places will debeak a hen to prevent pecking in close quarters. This is usually related to factory farming, but some feed stores, etc. will sell adult birds that are debeaked. As for the second one...no idea. Hopefully someone comes along and identifies it. Also, they may be brown leghorns, which would explain the floppy comb.
     
  5. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    I've never seen this, but my first thought was a fungal infection. I would start with a good fungicide wipe, & some in the water. If it's not a fungus, the fungicide won't hurt them.
     
  6. cockybalboa

    cockybalboa Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:It is definitely not a clipped beak, i bought them myself for a local feed store and have never clipped their beaks they were actually quite nice beaks before this came in and destroyed them. The other two that are like them have very straight combs. What is freaking me out is that I can't find anything like this and everyone else seems stumped too.
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2010
  7. luvchicks8

    luvchicks8 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 1, 2009
    new Hampshire
    I agree it looks fungal. Try a good fungal treatment
     
  8. cockybalboa

    cockybalboa Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:My gut told me that it was either a fungus or a infection of some sort, but I can't be certain. I tried putting a thin layer of antibiotic ointment but I will try some fungicide (good idea) as well and see what happens. I will keep the post updated with what ever works to try to help the next poor sole that may encounter this.
     
  9. NeeleysAVLChicks

    NeeleysAVLChicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeeekk! So sorry about your girls, I've never seen anything like that!

    In the meantime, I would make sure they keep their strength up. You might want to try boiling them some eggs, mixing in some plain organic yogurt and some layer crumbles into a soft mash. Put it in a deep bowl so they can eat it without banging their beak. If you have some Poly-Vi-Sol liquid vitamins (WITHOUT iron, you can find them at most pharmacies, walmart, etc for pretty cheap) I would put several drops in there as well.

    Hope you get this figured out, keep us updated!
     
  10. Kasia

    Kasia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ouch! Poor little girls. I too think it's fungal. Good luck with them! How long have their beaks looked like this?
     

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