Horn on face??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Michelle2702, Jul 29, 2014.

  1. Michelle2702

    Michelle2702 New Egg

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    Does anybody know what this might be on her face??
     
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  2. chooks4life

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    Hello and [​IMG]

    That's an interesting projection. I originally thought a feather that didn't shed or growth caused by a papilloma virus but it doesn't appear to be either... Perhaps a deformity of jaw or beak type tissues/cells... Is it anchored or loose/movable?

    Also, how old is the bird, and has it always had this?

    Best wishes.
     
  3. Michelle2702

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    She is two months old. I just noticed it today but may have been growing for awhile. Its hard, like a horn and doesn't move. She didn't care that I touched it and the others don't care and don't have it. It's weird.
     
  4. chooks4life

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    I've seen chicks who've been scalped so badly that they have their lower jaw projecting out the back of their head, not anchored within muscle etc, I thought perhaps that might be it... But it'd be quite twisted out of place if that were so. Still, it is odd. Perhaps just a deformed feather? At least it doesn't look life threatening or life quality degrading.

    Depending on what other feathers that chook is growing, it may be a male. Those head and neck feathers are a bit 'fancy' for a female of two months old, not that it's unheard of in females too.

    ETA: possible also that it's an ear deformity, some breeds have that, but it's generally the inner structures and not any breed like that... Just a random possibility.

    Best wishes.
     
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