LARGE BLACK Growths on our chicken's comb, wattles, and mouth- Please Help?!? S.O.S!!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken Chaperone, Aug 9, 2014.

  1. Chicken Chaperone

    Chicken Chaperone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi Eveybody, we need some big time help. Our 1 year old chicken, Jen, started having some black dots appear on her comb and wattles about 3 weeks ago and I figured they were foul pox and the pox and spots would begin to clear on their own. That hasn't happened- in fact, it's been just the opposite! The black spots have grown and spread everywhere there is non-feathered skin, including one spot on her mouth that is so large it's caused her beak to cross and two large spots on her eyes that she now can't open.

    In my research, the closest match to anything similar I found was necrotic dermatitis which called for broad spectrum antibiotics. I started giving her a dose of keflex appropriate to her weight about 5 days ago and we are seeing no improvement at all.:hit

    We have looked and looked here and online and I'm just at a loss for what it is and what to do. The only time she eats is if I hold up the water and food dishes up to her beak so she can feel them there and then she'll take a little bit. She has been kept away from our other flock memebers who are doing perfectly well- no problems whatsoever. But our sick girl just stays in her quiet and cool little room by herself and since she can't see she doesn't want to move except to be held which she loves. Peacefull, but not when we want the quality of her life to be great.

    What can I do for this girl? This chickie girl was the only gift my son wanted and he is deeply attached to her but if she is suffering or not likely to ever get better then it's time to say goodbye and have her put down.

    Please, BYCers, help me know what we are facing and what we can do or if it's time to let Jen go?
    I've included some pics so you can see how large and black and awful these growths are for her. Thank you for any help, support, knowledge, or insight you can offer. A million thanks!!!



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  2. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    THat looks like the fowl pox that mine got last year. I had never seen the black wart looking growths before with the pox. If you picked one off there was a hole under it. They had them on their beaks, heads, around the combs and even their legs. They eventually got better. THe bumps fell off but I had a few that I had to encourage to eat and drink as they seemed to not feel well and lost interest in eating. One lost the sight in one eye before I realized that they eyelid was sealed and pressure built up. I started putting antibiotic ointment or sometimes Vaseline in the eye to keep it from sticking shut. Poor baby. I had to soak her eye with a warm rag to get it unstuck.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Yes I agree that it is fowl pox.. I answered on your other thread.
     
  4. Chicken Chaperone

    Chicken Chaperone Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thank you to the folks that responded. I put some Neosporin on. Eyes still not open but much more lively today. Her appetite was huge today and the help was much appreciated!
     
  5. TinyBirds

    TinyBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    There are some sticks you can buy to help put on the sores, like a canker sore type medicine. I forget the name but we'll try to look it up.
     
  6. TinyBirds

    TinyBirds Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Silver nitrate applicators on Amazon.com. search for "fowl pox silver nitrate" to learn about it on Google if you want, works great. We also had to vaccinate all our other birds to stop the spread.
    Look in her mouth to see if any yellow sores from wet pox. Ours had both wet and dry at the same time. Lost the ones with wet pox since the sores can block the wind pipe :-( good luck it's a yucky thing to deal with.
     
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