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Wrinkled yellow neck growth & broken toes

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by MarylandChick, Jul 23, 2007.

  1. MarylandChick

    MarylandChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I am new to chickens and have two ill birds. Three weeks ago one of my 2 month old chicks developed a gross yellow growth of some kind on her neck. I thought the feathers had come out from sticking her head thru the fencing too much or something I recall the affected skin to be mostly dark yellow but with two dark purple bumps. The baby chicken never seemed to act any different so I did nothing. Then it seemed to get worse. The skin on the back of her neck became thick yellow and wrinkled with pre-feather spikes sticking up. It's now been 3 weeks and the growth is even more yellow, harder and more wrinkly looking and there are still odd spikes. There is no more red or purple anything. I've tried first-aid ointments but it obviously didn't do anything. My chicken is still just as happy and healthy seeming as the others but the growth is slowly getting bigger I think. What is it? What do I do?

    My other concern is for my 3 or 4 month old guinea hen. A week and a half ago she broke her right foots hind toe. It's lay flat sideways against her ankle. She's been limping quite dramatically and prefers to lay down and just munch what is within reach then to hop about with the rest of the critters. Now I see the affected foot's outside tow is also broken. The foot with the two broken toes is causing her a great deal of discomfort. She can't open her toes properly, she's limping, laying down a lot, etc. She's even shaking/shivering. I have tried to manipulate the bone but it's clear that unless I can brace the bones back in place there is no point in my touching the foot. Meanwhile the poor hen is easily stressed. If I put her up she struggles like crazy and eventually screams like crazy. She makes such an awful racket that my neighbors must wonder if I'm committing murder! Despite all these issues she is eating and drinking okay. So ... what do I do?

    Also - I know this sounds silly, but is chicken poop supposed to smell like human baby diarrhea? These are my first chickens and I guess I was expecting a different smell then diaper stench.

    Last but no least I just wanted to share my experience with my 5 month old chicken "Elphaba" Elfy belonged to a friend of mine. She was one day found huddled against the side of the cage with all the other chickens pecking away at her bloody flesh. Her back was all torn up, plenty of raw bone showing, etc. She had one broken tow and another toe who's claw was missing. I put her in a cardboard box and I brought her home and spent maybe five minutes blotting up what I could with clean paper towels and applying vet antibiotic/pain reliever ointment. I gave her food and water and a heat bulb and left her alone. A few days later she was shockingly still alive so I put her cage near my cage of new baby guinea hens so she'd have company, I also applied more medication to her back and reexamined her toes. Shock was a greater concern to me then her toes so I handled her very little. After a week I was able to put her cage right next to the cage of the other chicks and this seemed to calm her greatly. Her back looked really gross and everyone assumed she'd die but she was always eating and drinking ok. She was also walking fairly normally. After two weeks I put her in with the guinea hen chicks. Now she's a happy healthy chicken. She walks all right despite the injured foot she's very friendly.
     
  2. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    if at all possible, please post a pic of the "growth" you are describing... it is so very difficult to picture the same thing you are describing (many times I had something completely diffferent to what was described when they finally posted a pic)... it might be scaley leg mite (which can also be found on neck and face) but it might also be something else... have you ever used anything against parasites such as ivomec Eprinex or such...if not I would consider treating them with this... it will also worm them... here is article (I recommend the spot on method described in the article):
    http://shilala.homestead.com/ivomec.html
     
    Last edited: Jul 24, 2007
  3. MarylandChick

    MarylandChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I'll try and get a photo up of the chicken with the bad neck soon. I dunno how to paste it here) I took him to the vet yesterday and the vet said he's workedin poultry for years and he has never seen anything like it.

    While I was at the vet he mentioned that chicken poop isn't suppossed to have a smell. My chickens' poop smells like baby diapers. He said that my chicken's poop looks okay but he didn't do a full fecal exam. Should I be concerned.

    Also - today I found that one of my young chickens' toe nail is missing andthe toe is bleeding. I treated it but I'm concerned as to how this happened. This is the secound time one of my chickens lost a claw. My chickens don't fight. Is this just something that happens or what?
     
  4. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Your vet said chicken poo isn't supposed to stink??? [​IMG] I dont think he REALLY knows chickens. ALL poo stinks...no matter what animal. ( Except for those conceited people that think 'thier poo dont stink' " LOL

    As for the missing toenail....I would look around the coop....and roost. Is there a piece of wood thats cracked and maybe they are getting the toenails stuck in there? Nails sticking out? Hope all gets better soon. And maybe look for another vet, one that REALLY knows chickens.
     
  5. jessied1227

    jessied1227 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I agree, chicken poo stinks. [​IMG]

    My girls are all healthy, and boy, does chicken poo stink, lol. Especially with the miserable humid days we've been having here in Western PA.

    Good luck with your sick babies.
    Jess
     
  6. MarylandChick

    MarylandChick Out Of The Brooder

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    I awoke to find all 11 of my chickens gone yesterday, feathers everywhere, a hole dug into the coop - it was a fox. It's just so sad. I know they were just chickens but I loved them very much. Everytime I went in their enclosure they always raced over to me and sat on my shoulders and lap. They were all very sweet and it's all just too horrible to think about. My husband and I will probably get more in the future and redo our set up ofcourse, but in the meanwhile it's just so sad and too quiet in my yard. I never knew I could get this upset over chickens.
     
  7. Wolfpacker

    Wolfpacker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry about losing your flock.
     
  8. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Oh no!! I am sooo very sorry that you lost your whole flock!! Its sooo easy to get attached to them....and so hard to get over loseing even just one! You poor thing....im so sorry.
     
  9. FamilyOfChickens

    FamilyOfChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    :aww So sorry to hear about your loss!
     
  10. claraserena

    claraserena Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so sorry.
     

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