Gooey swelling, deformed beak, swelling in mouth

cynwyd1

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Hello. I have a single comb light brown leghorn hen about 1 year old. She has a large, wet swelling that looks like a tumor near her nostril, a crusty swelling inside the roof of her beak that is growing and causing her difficulty with eating and drinking, and her beak is now growing in a deformed manner. I thought this might be Mycoplasma Gallisepticum (MG), and/or Infectious Coryza, but there is no cheesy discharge or swelling in the skin of the head, which I am familiar in seeing in some of my birds. Please provide a diagnosis guess, and a treatment if possible.

Thank you.
 

Eggcessive

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Welcome to BYC. Just from your description, it sounds like it could be canker. Canker is treated with metronidazole, flagyl, or fishzole 250 mg by mouth daily for 5 days. Avio-trich is a better bargain at $10--give 2 tablets 100mg each daily for 5 days. If you could post a picture, it might help. Here is a link to read with pictures of canker: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/27193/whats-wrong-with-this-chicken
 
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cynwyd1

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cynwyd1

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Please see the pictures and tell me what you think. The roof of the mouth and the head have the tumors. Thanks.
 

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Yes that looks like canker. Wet fowl pox can look like it, but I think it is probably canker. I would treat with the avio-trich (link in post 3), but PetsMart sells a version of metronidazole called General Cure, but it costs considerably more than avio-trich, although you might get it quicker. People with Canker in their flock sometimes will use acidified copper sulfate in the water for 3 days a month to prevent canker in the rest of the flock. Here is a link for that: http://www.jefferspet.com/acidified-copper-sulfate/camid/liv/cp/AB-A1/
 

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