Canker, not cancer in chickens.
This is a smelly cheesy like growth or lesion that manifests itself in the mouth or throat in chickens. Its a fungal infection that can sometimes get a hold by infecting a small cut and tends to be spread by the birds drinking dirty water.
For some reason, its very prevalent in pigeons and is quite contagious.
It quite often occurs after birds have been fighting through wire netting.
There are treatments for it, but they are fairly expensive when only a single bird is infected. Treatment is via tablet. Harkers sell something called Aspirix but at seveteen pound something for 50 tablets, as I say its not very economical.
I currently have one extremely good cockerel that has this infection, I've been treating it with iodine for some weeks but without much success. I've been making some enquiries and have come up with a cheaper but slightly embarressing result. The chicken treatment that I mentioned, has exactly the same ingredients and works in the same way as the prescription medication for Thrush. I thinks its called Ciadosis or something similar. This is well worth knowing, you simply need to give the chicken a small fraction of one tablet to effect a cure.
In the light of this information, I will be sending for some of the Harkers Canker medication, after all, how can I ask any lady if they've got any left over Thrush tablets that they don't want ? :oops: :oops: :oops: