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One Chick got sick maybe fowl pox, what can I do?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Newbreed, May 13, 2011.

  1. Newbreed

    Newbreed In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2010
    Hi everyone [​IMG]
    A few weeks ago I noticed some Pecking on the Chicks so I put the Hen with her chicks separate.
    I noticed one chick missing some featers around the neck.
    Today I noticed one Chick being very weak. After having a closer look I noticed some sort of swelling or growth on the neck, see Picture.

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    Is it kind of an infection because of pecking or is it a desease?
    Is there anything I can do to save its life?
    Do I have to worry about other chicks getting sick?

    Best Regards
    Last edited: May 14, 2011

  2. mother o' chicks72

    mother o' chicks72 Songster

    Mar 21, 2011
    Portland, Oregon
  3. mrszlopez

    mrszlopez Songster

    Apr 4, 2009
    I wouldnt even know where to start with what that might be. I think you should seperate her just to be safe. lots of luck
  4. chickengrl

    chickengrl Songster

    Sep 30, 2010
    Northern Virginia
    Oh my, you need some help with this one. I would think it is an abcess. Is it soft like liquid filled? Feel warm? I think I would try some antibiotics, but let't bump you up and hope for some more experienced folks will check in. Weekends and friday night can be slow on here. Good luck!
  5. Miss Lydia

    Miss Lydia Loving this country life Premium Member

    I found this when looking for some help for you, maybe this will help you determine what it is.
    Chicken abcesses are very different. The pus in a chicken abcess is hard (like very old hardened cottage cheese), not soft like in mammals. The abcess has to be excised rather than drained or expressed. I have had expereince with these in my own hen and by working at the vets as a certified tech for many years. We had to cut with a blade a large slice to open the area around the abcess and actually removed the hardened pus. Then it usually gets packed with a cloth like material to allow it to be cleaned and flushed for a few days. Then the material gets removed and it is allowed to heal up. Bird abcesses will not reabsorb like mammals will and will not burst like mammals will. they are quite a bit of a pain to deal with and what you think is hard skin inflammation can actually be an abcess.

  6. bethinoklahoma

    bethinoklahoma Songster

    Dec 18, 2008
    wow... so you think they should open the growth ?
  7. Newbreed

    Newbreed In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2010
    What is the difference between Hard Skin inflamation and an abscess?
    However I think it is an abscess because it stands out a bit.
    There is no vet anywhere near!
    How much is the chance of Survival, the chick is only a few weeks old.
    What could I do to prevent this to happen again?

    Best Regards.

  8. Newbreed

    Newbreed In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2010
    Apparently It is more serious.
    I suspect that it is a disease.
    The one with the bump on the neck died.
    A had a closer look at the chicks and they all seem weak.
    I found some bumps on their mouths and eyes and some of them are bleeding.
    I am surprised I didn't see this earlier.
    Here are some pictures.

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    Best Regards:
  9. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

    Jun 1, 2008
    oh, poor babies...maybe fowl pox? are any of the older birds affected? are the babies from your own stock?
  10. Newbreed

    Newbreed In the Brooder

    Sep 15, 2010
    Thanks to all of you for your advice.
    They are from my own hen naturally bread.
    But one day a neighbour had problems with an eagle eating her chicks so I let the chicks stay in my coop for a day.
    But I will not tell them what happened, who know how they got the disease.
    Yes there is one hen that has a little bump near one of the eyes.
    The mother of the chicks has some black spots on the wattles but no bumps not sure if she is affected.
    Best Regards:

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