Growth under beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Popsy, Sep 18, 2016.

  1. Popsy

    Popsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I posted before with no responses. So I am hoping someone has an idea what this might be. It is a firm, fast growing growth. No other symptoms and she seems to feel fine.
     
  2. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    IMO it is either a tumor or an abscess.
    Abscesses can feel quite firm even thou filled with pus.

    Have you or would you carefully feel the swelling and determine if any part of it is soft?

    -If yes, then try lancing that area.

    -If no, try using a needle/syringe to see if you can aspirate any pus.

    If you are uncomfortable with trying this, then do you have a vet who will treat chickens?
     
  3. Popsy

    Popsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I will check it tonight to see if any part of it is soft. I'm comfortable with trying to aspirate and see what's inside. I also bought some antibiotics just in case. I haven't started her on them yet as I need to separate her from the flock. Thanks..
     
  4. Popsy

    Popsy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It feels pretty solid. I tried to aspirate and wasn't able to aspirate anything. It bled a little after I removed the needle. Not sure what to do for the poor girl. She's about 3 years old..
     
  5. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    If she is eating, drinking and pooping and acting normally then this is not likely a systemic problem. They can act quite normal up til almost the end :(
    If you are not positive about other issues, I would isolate her and make sure she is normal in all other things.

    IMO with the tumor being solid it is likely a tumor and not an abscess or cyst. Although some abscesses are firm until they "point".

    There are a number of other types of tumors it could be - and those would require a vet to do biopsies to get a diagnosis.

    Antibiotics won't hurt - and isolated you can accomplish treating only her

    If you have access to an Avian Vet or other Vet with bird experience, then please contact them.

    If you don't have that available - you could call your County Agent to see if they can pass the pic and question onto Avian Health folks to get some advice on what next.
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    I would say it is a cancer tumour..Sorry, but I can almost bet money that is what it is!?
    Also...Chickens are the best at hiding disease or illness until they are really sick...

    Good luck
     
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  7. MrsBrooke

    MrsBrooke Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I can't really tell from the photo, but could this be something that resulted from an injury to the lower part of her beak?

    I am sorry for your troubles. :(

    MrsB
     
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member Project Manager

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    I agree with both of you.

    The 2 top tumors in that area would be either a type of cancer ( ? squamous cell) or a granuloma ( from a healing injury).
     
  9. Mr Beaks

    Mr Beaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've read that both canker and wet pox can cause this. Do you see anything growing on the inside of her beak?
     

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