Hello, I would like opinions on what this may be and how to treat it. We just purchased a Silkie hen and rooster from Craigslist. We planned on picking her up a little over a week ago but the woman said the hen had a runny nose and she would treat her and we could have them in 7-10 days. We got them on the 9th day I think. She said at that point that the hen had a little crust on her beak but appeared to be fine otherwise. She also said that she tried picking it off and it bled a little bit. My friend picked them up for me and noticed the hen didn't look right but felt bad for the chickens and brought them home anyway. Anyhow~ You'll see in the photo's the "cone" shaped crust over her nostrils. I cannot describe how disgusting the odor was coming from this hens beak. It appears to me that this has been going on for longer than a week, and judging by the odor I would assume there is an infection, whether secondary or not, i don't know. It's not letting me post photos 1) What type of bird , age and weight. Silkie Hen, approx 1lb, yearling 2) What is the behavior, exactly. Hard crust around nostrils in a "cone" shape, when removed nostrils secreted a puss or yellow mucous 3) How long has the bird been exhibiting symptoms? I am unsure how long she has been like this,We have had her for 3 days. 4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? She came to us with a Rooster but he is not exhibiting any symptoms 5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. There is also some bleeding in the area, after the "crust" was removed, I believe the blood to be from torn tissue. 6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. I'm assuming poor conditions contributed to the illness. Both chickens were discolored and odorous. 7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. We are giving her a mix of scratch grains, and layer pellets. Water is mixed with Sulmet 8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Her feces looks normal but may be becoming soft. 9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? Sulmet in water, antiseptic wash on the affected area. (Should we use neosporin?) 10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? We would like to treat ourselves if possible. Otherwise, Cornell is our only other option. 11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help. Photo's attached 12) Describe the housing/bedding in use, She is in a large wire dog crate with her rooster, the bedding is hay, not straw, hay.