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Hen with matted eye and black spots on comb and face

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We are trying to figure out what is wrong with one of our buff orphington hens.  She is 7 months old.  In the last few days we started noticing black spots on her comb and on her beak.  Now one of her eyes is matted.  She appears to be fine other than that.  At first we thought the black spots were due to our rooster starting to mate with the hens....quite a few of the hens have black spots on combs.  But then it got on her beak....we dont have a clue!  Any help is appreciated.  I will try to post a pic if that helps, just have to figure out how to do that!

Jackie Threadgill

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Edited by jthreadgill - 11/28/09 at 12:47pm
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A pic would be great.  Might be Fowl Pox????  If so, it will run it's course.  Make sure they are eating good and feeds them lots of protein.  That'll keep their strength up so that they can fight off the Fowl Pox.  Eggs, Peanut butter, etc.

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YAY!  Added the pic!  I also want to add that we treated them for worms with wazine 17 and added a antibacterial solution to the water....Sulmet today to try and help them out.  They are not mixed in the same water, they are in two seperate waterers.

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They look like my girls and they had fowl pox.  from what I read on here there is nothing you can do as it just runs its course.  I also understand that they will not get it again.

One of mine had the matted eye also.  Someone on here told me to clean it with a warm cloth a couple of times and a day and doctor it with neosprin.  I did as directed and after about three days her eye opened and she has had no problems since then.

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It's Fowl Pox.   Let it run it's course.  But, the eye does need to be treated with an antibiotic.  It can not contain any pain reliever in it.  Make sure it's not in her throat. I think Fowl Pox (Dry) can turn into Wet Pox.  Wet Pox is pretty hard on them as it's gets into their mouth and throat.  You have to remove the scabs and use a cotton swab with Listerine to clean the areas. 

Make sure you feed her good and separate her if she is the only one showing symptoms.  They get it from contract. 

Look up Fowl Pox and Wet Pox, you will find a ton of information on it.  Make sure you feed her really good.

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OK, do not remove the scabs! Leave them be, they will fall off. i would up her protien and give her vitiamins. Watch her eye!!!! Use Vetrx on it ointment will make the scab want to fuse and heal causing scaring. I just went through this and had no clue. It runs it's course in 3 weeks. Caused by skeeters, remove any standing water. Also, when scabs fall off on their own remove all bedding and clean out the coop. That is how others can get it.

Wet pox will be down the throat, Nasty stuff to deal with but you can!!! I put mine on antibiotic's to cover any secondary infections. My first batch i didn't and they where fine. WATCH that eye! I really believe it is the worst spot for them to get it and wish i knew of Vetrx(10 bucks) earlier.

Your chickens will get through this and the ones who have it will be immune after it. I am seriously considering the vacc for it since i am in Florida.

best of luck!!

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