Chick with bloody head

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Chick with bloody head

Postby sewren » Mon Mar 07, 2016 10:48 am

I just found this wee one with blood on its head - I think it maybe put its head through a bit of chicken wire that was a bit too small, and did this while struggling to get out. Either that or pecking from the other chicks? I can't see any major source of the blood, but it seems more like an all over graze...

I've wiped it with antiseptic, sprayed with blue spray, and now he's back out with his mum, but I was just wondering if anyone has any other ideas about the cause, or anything else I should do?


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Re: Chick with bloody head

Postby Marina » Mon Mar 07, 2016 3:41 pm

You won't like what I think it is - the skin form of Mareks. Looks very much like it. It's a thickening of the skin so the whole area will feel rubbery and the feathers fall out. Other chicks and even the hen may want to check this patch out, peck at it and that's when you get a bit of blood.

No need to freak out - the others will either get it anyway or they are immune. The latter is the more likely scenario. The skin form of Mareks is the only version where some chicks recover from. However,they will be life-long carriers of the virus.

I'd observe the chick, see how things develop. I may be wrong but what I'm seeing in your photos looks very much like a skin tumor as in Mareks. I'll see whether I can find a picture of one of my chicks. It's quite rare, that picture will be ten years old or even older.
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Re: Chick with bloody head

Postby sewren » Mon Mar 07, 2016 4:15 pm

Oh dear - no I don't like the sound of that! :(
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Re: Chick with bloody head

Postby Marina » Wed Mar 16, 2016 9:15 am

Finally - as promised - pictures of a chick with the skin form of Mareks. This chick survived and reached adulthood.
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And here a close-up:
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It's a patch of thickened skin where eventually the feathers fall out. If the chick survives it all heals up and feathers regrow. However, the bird will be lifelong carrier of the Mareks virus.

Sewren - has your chick healed up and does it look similar to what you can see in the pictures?
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Re: Chick with bloody head

Postby sewren » Thu Mar 17, 2016 3:47 pm

Hmmm, that does look suspiciously similar. My chick's head seems to have healed well, though. I'll try and take another photo later if I can grab the wee thing!
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Re: Chick with bloody head

Postby sewren » Sat Mar 19, 2016 3:33 pm

Managed to grab him this morning - as you can see it looks much better, a bit dandruffy-looking but I think that is maybe just from the new feathers coming through. Maybe I will never know what caused it!!

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