Eye problems and beak "rot"

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Estancia-Arizona, Oct 5, 2010.

  1. Estancia-Arizona

    Estancia-Arizona Out Of The Brooder

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    Hey everyone. I have some month old chicks and they have been happy and healthy up until a few days ago. They seem to be developing "proud" flesh from sores at the base of their beak and their eye swells shut on the one side. I have looked on the internet and not been able to find anything. I have several other mature chickens and they are all fine, just these 8. 7 1 month old chicks and a 3 month old pullet that is helping take care of them. Please look at the pics and let me know if you have any ideas. The chickens are standard cochins.

    I have noticed ants near thier pen yesterday and have moved them to keep them away from the ants until I can get rid of them. Could their injuries be caused by piss-ant bites? They are not penned up with any other chickens and have never been exposed to the mature flock.

    Thanks for your ideas.

    Don

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  2. MissJenny

    MissJenny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There they are -- I don't have any answers... where did you get them and what sort of brooder are they in?

    Jenny
     
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  3. Estancia-Arizona

    Estancia-Arizona Out Of The Brooder

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    Posted... sorry posting photos on this site takes a bit of work...
     
  4. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

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    Are those sores inside the mouth, as well? And down the throat?
     
  5. Estancia-Arizona

    Estancia-Arizona Out Of The Brooder

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    They were hatched out from eggs from the mature hens and being kept in an outside 8 foot by 4 foot by 2 foot tall fully enclosed pen. They have fresh water and a heat lamp and have been fed standard chick starter as well as greens from the garden. I have been raising chickens for over 6 years (at one point I have had over 250 chickens, now I have 80) and have never seen anything like this. I have looked over my flock very well and none of the other chickens show any signs of being sick or signs of any injuries like these.

    My general thinking is that they were assaulted by ants. I know they can be fatal to chicks.
     
  6. Estancia-Arizona

    Estancia-Arizona Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi CMV, no I don't notice anything inside the beak or down their throats. They are running and playing...chasing bugs... otherwise they seem happy and healthy.
     
  7. Estancia-Arizona

    Estancia-Arizona Out Of The Brooder

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    ttt Just hoping someone sees this and has some ideas.
     
  8. tammyd57

    tammyd57 Chillin' With My Peeps

    It could be Fowl Pox. It looks like that. Do a search and see if the symptoms match. I think it is fairly contagious, so I would keep them separate until diagnosed and treated.
     
  9. Gallo del Cielo

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  10. pips&peeps

    pips&peeps There is no "I" in Ameraucana

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    fowl pox
     

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