Polish Hen with black scabs on beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Beta, Nov 19, 2016.

  1. Beta

    Beta Just Hatched

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    Does anyone know what this is? Eyes look normal and I don't see nasal diacharge. She isn't acting abnormal. DOB is 05/23/16.

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  2. Little Fuzzy

    Little Fuzzy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What the heck! I want to know what it is also. Hope it's not something too bad.
     
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It looks to me like dried bloody scabs from being pecked, but I would consider possible fowl pox if you have mosquitoes out now. The pictures are now very clear for me, so there also could be some sort of parasite, such as ticks or an insect. You might also want to check for mites arond the head. Has the chicken been bullied? Polish chickens are notorious for being pecked or scalped, so separate her in a crate with food and water if necessary. some Neosporin ointment (plain) applied to the scabs would be good if they are peck marks.
     
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  4. Beta

    Beta Just Hatched

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    What does fowl pox look like? The spots are in her mouth now too
     
  5. Eggcessive

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    The wet form of fowl pox forms pale yellow patches inside the mouth, airway, and throat. They can be smaller or larger. If you Google "wet fowl pox" and click on images at the top, there are a lot of pictures. Wet pox is more serious and can be painful, making it hard for them to eat and drink. The key is to get them to eat enough to stay healthy until the disease ends in a couple of weeks. Do you see any of the dry form on the skin of any other birds?
     

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