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Growth in chicken's mouth

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by TiffandJohnchix, Nov 3, 2013.

  1. TiffandJohnchix

    TiffandJohnchix Out Of The Brooder

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    Help! Has anyone ever seen anything like this before? We discovered this on one of our girls today and as far as I know, she was fine two days ago. We thought she had swallowed something and we tried to gently pull it out, but it is...I'm pretty sure...attached! She may be able to get some water, but I doubt food. Would appreciate any guidance. Thx.

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  2. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble

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    If it's not something stuck in her mouth, it could possibly be canker. Here's a pic of a bird with canker:
    Treatment for canker is metronidazole 250mg tablet given orally once a day for 5 days. Canker is contageous via waterers/feeders and birds are carriers. To keep it in check, purchase acidified copper sulfate and mix 1/8 teaspoon per gallon of water for 3 days once a month. Use the copper sulfate in plastic waterers only and it must be their sole source of water to drink during the 3 day period. The metronidazole can be purchased as "fishzole" online. Murray McMurray hatchery carries acidified copper sulfate.
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  3. TiffandJohnchix

    TiffandJohnchix Out Of The Brooder

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    Ok, thanks for all of the info! Do you suppose a canker could get as big as the one my chicken has in a few days ? Also, I have some metro tablets that are leftover from one of my dogs.... Would that work? What do you think is the best way to get it into her throat?
     
  4. TiffandJohnchix

    TiffandJohnchix Out Of The Brooder

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    Also, there is no yellow that I can see. It literally looks like a slug is stuck in her mouth.
     
  5. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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  6. TiffandJohnchix

    TiffandJohnchix Out Of The Brooder

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    Here is a better picture...
     
  7. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think that would need to be removed. If not, she may not be able to drink and eat. If it were me, I would get that off and treat as dawg stated.
    Good luck!
     
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  8. casportpony

    casportpony Poop Inspector General Premium Member

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    If it's not canker it could be wet pox. Either way, if she can't drink or eat she will die. If she were mine I would bring her inside and remove the pus/mass and treat for canker as dawg recommended. Then if she wasn't drinking and eating I would tube feed her. If you don't want to wait for an order to arrive you can buy metronidazole from Petsmart, it looks like this:

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    It also has praziquantil in it, so that will take care of any tapeworms. I have not used this myself, so check the back of the box to veryify that each pack has 250mg metronidazole and 75mg of praziquantil.

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  9. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Chillin' With My Peeps

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  10. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Casportpony and Dawg53 had given good advice. Good luck with your bird!
     
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