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Black spots on chicken's comb, wattles, and earlobe

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I was out this morning and saw black spots on my buff orpington's comb, wattles and earlobe. Is she getting a disease or is it too hot for her?

post #2 of 6

On mine, I had dark spots on the comb and attributed that to watermelon juice that got dirty and dried.   Trying wiping it off with a cloth.

 

I am assuming it is not cold where you are.

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post #3 of 6

if the black spots are like little scabs all over comb and wattles, then good chance it could be fowl pox.

post #4 of 6
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:) Thank you. I was also wondering is the disease harmful or not?

post #5 of 6
Theres 2 kinds of fowl pox, wet and dry. Dry is not that bad but wet is. Several of mine have lived through dry pox without treatment and been just fine. I have no experience with wet pox but put fowl pox in the search box and you will get a slew of answers. I do know dry pox is the scabs on wattles and comb. I believe wet pox appear in the mouth and throat.
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A couple of my hens got this.  It wasn't a bad case.  Just small black spots on the comb, and a few on the wattles.  It started with my white leghorn.  I used some grapefruit seed extract on it, and then oregano oil.  I put it in their water, and some diluted in olive oil directly on the spots.  Two other hens had it(I have 8 chickens in all) the same.  It seemed to run it's course quickly(1 week)and never progressed to anything worse.  I read that once they get it, they won't get it again.  I didn't notice it on all of them so I am hoping the oregano oil in the water kept the others  from getting it.  Oregano oil and grapefruit seed extract are natural antibiotics.

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