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Yesterday I noticed a couple of my girls have what looks like large and small black places on their comb.  I had seen it before on one that had been picked on and wondered if this is the case again, or could it be something else?  Anyone have an idea?

post #2 of 8
It could be bruising from pecking, if it gets scabby and spreads it could be pox, nothing to be done about either one.
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #3 of 8
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Can someone  please explain what Pox in chicken is 

post #4 of 8
It's a virus transmitted usually by mosquitoes that causes scabby sores to develop on poultry, usually on the head and face, it runs it's course in a few weeks getting worse before getting better, there's a vaccine but no treatment. If it's just on the surface it's dry pox, if it's in the mouth it's wet pox which can be worst.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #5 of 8
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If it is Pox, is it something I should be concerned with and can it spread to other hens?  I have one hen that is a bit off and others would really pick on her.  She is one I took back from friends I gave a few chicks to and were not carring for them.  She would get picked on allot and had really gotten beat up I thought.  She has a coop and run of her own next to the others and all the damage finally went away.  But I wonder is it is pox

post #6 of 8
It isn't necessarily spread from chicken to chicken, it's hit and miss, mosquito control is one way to try to stop it, I got in a few turkeys this year but none of my chickens got it, if it's pox you will know by it getting bigger and more nasty looking. You will just have to wait and see, but if she was pecked on it's probably from that.
Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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Chickens, muscovy ducks, turkeys, donkeys , goats, dogs, fish, parakeets, a parrot, and a cat.

Chickens and dogs are healing to the soul.

I brake for squirrels.

Some of my birds.
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/my-wisconsin-flock
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post #7 of 8

it will spread from chicken to chicken because the scabs (when they fall off) remain infectious for 3 months and chickens are very likely to eat those scabs. i just had it go through my entire flock. the chickens shrugged it off like it was nothing (everyone started their molt) but i am now down two turkeys and expect to lose a third.

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1 buckeye roo, 4 buckeye hens, 1 white marans roo, 2 black copper marans hen, 3 standard buff brahma hen, 1 silver laced wyandotte roo, 2 silver laced wyandotte hens, 1 EE hen, 2 OE hen, 4 young purebreed Ameraucana hens and 1 roo, 6 young cream legbar hens and 1 roo, 8 midget white turkey, 3 silver spitzhauben hens and 1 roo, 3 bobwhite quail, 2 parrots.
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post #8 of 8
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Thank you both for the information.  We do spray for mosquito's and flies, but the all find a way through the spray it seems.  I will keep and eye on them, but it sounds like that is the only thing I can do for now

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