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Nares and beak, healthy chicken
Nares and beak, healthy chicken

Nares and beak of a healthy chicken. Note that the nares are free of debris or nasal discharge.

For an examination, check external nares for discharge, crusts, and scratches. The beak should be smooth and free of cracks, and the tips should come to a point.

Courtesy of Dr. Patricia Wakenell.