Help...what is wrong with my chicken's beak? (pics)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by chickengal, Oct 7, 2010.

  1. chickengal

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    It is hard to see it unless you open the chicken's beak. What is it? How can I treat it so it doesn't get worse. A few weeks ago it and another chicken looked like it might be gagging. They were opening their mouth wide like someting was in their crop. I thought they might have an impacted or sour crop. But the next day they seemed to be fine...then I saw this a few days later...the other one looks like he has this starting on his beak. Help!
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  2. Judy

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    Is it hard or soft? What does it feel like?
     
  3. dawg53

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    Could be canker.
    (IF) it is, it's contageous.
     
  4. Judy

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    I doubt chickens get canker sores; at any rate, a quick Google search reveals they are not contagious. This poster may have been thinking of cold sores, which are a type of Herpes, which of course is contagious. However, in all my reading on here, I have never heard of a chicken having any form of herpes. That is not to say it can't happen, of course.

    My first two thoughts when I saw the pics were gapeworm and beak deformity. I have no idea what a gapeworm looks like, but I do know they can be seen inside the mouth. That's why I asked about hard or soft. If it's a beak deformity, the approach would be similar to crossbeak, I imagine, unless, of course, you are considering vet care. If it's a beak deformity, there is a lot of discussion on here under crossbeak -- it's a matter of managing their feeding situation so they can eat, and sometimes trimming the beak, if necessary.
     
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  7. Judy

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    Quote:Ah -- thank you. I learned something.

    I'm a people nurse so thought of cankers in people. Never occurred to me there was a completely different condition in chickens with the same name.

    Hope the OP gets back to us. Staying subscribed.
     
  8. TaLani

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    In the first pic it looks like she has a little crack in the side of her beak and maybe what we're seeing in the inside her mouth could be an infection. What do you think ddawn?
     
  9. Judy

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    Quote:I've never seen any of the stuff that's been mentioned on this thread, including wet pox. I am at a loss and hoping someone comes along with actual experience. What it LOOKS most like, to me, is some sort of beak or mouth deformity, an extra growth.
     

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