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Swelling on sides of lower beak

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wagoncab, Jul 28, 2013.

  1. wagoncab

    wagoncab Songster

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    Hi All;
    I have about a 3 month old cochin chick that has what appears to be swelling on both sides of his lower beak.
    He seems to have kind of always had this so I did not know if it was something normal to the breed and he has
    acted normal up to this point so I never paid any attention to it.
    Today I noticed he was acting a little "Off" so I picked him up and he is very thin. I brought him inside and gave him
    some feed and he dove right in. That is when I noticed him having trouble eating. I looked at him again and now there
    is an open spot and it looks more swollen on the one side. It does not feel soft or mushy but feels hard.
    Any ideas as to what this might be?
    Thanks
    Cindy
     
  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing 5 Years

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    Could you post a picture?
     
  3. wagoncab

    wagoncab Songster

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  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

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    Have you looked inside his beak? You might do a search for canker (a fungus infection) and wet fowl pox at the search at the top of the page.
     
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing 5 Years

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    That doesn't look very good. I would suspect canker, unless he's been outside around wild birds/mosquitoes, and then wet pox could be a possibility.
     
  6. wagoncab

    wagoncab Songster

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    Hello;
    Thanks for the reply.
    I looked up both canker and the fowl pox.It appears to be neither of those.
    I looked inside his mouth and it is clear. He is acting ok now, I still am keeping
    him to himself so I know he gets plenty to eat.
    Cindy in Tn
     

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