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Black spots on my chickens combs

post #1 of 17
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One of my Hens as well as my Roo has black spots on their rose combs. I havent been able to find any info on this other than frost bite and the temps are not low enough for that. Should I be worried about it?

post #2 of 17

It could be fowl pox. Without a picture it's hard to tell. Type fowl pox into the BYC search bar, there's alot of info. Hope this helps.

My Girls: 4 EEs, 3 Barred Rocks, 2 Gold Laced Wyandottes and 1 Australorp. Also have 1 dog, 2 horses and 3 llamas. Oops, and a husband. (LOL)
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My Girls: 4 EEs, 3 Barred Rocks, 2 Gold Laced Wyandottes and 1 Australorp. Also have 1 dog, 2 horses and 3 llamas. Oops, and a husband. (LOL)
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post #3 of 17

Sounds like the ladies have been fighting a bit - you can try a red light bulb in the coop to settle things down.

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Bless,
Tris

Proud Navy (retired) & Patriot Guard & American Legion Rider

 

 

 

Honoring our POWs.

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post #4 of 17
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I uploaded a pic but I'm not sure how to go any further ...

post #5 of 17

Search here on BYC...    "mites on combs" or "fowl pox"...     search "fowl pox" on the internet as well for pictures.  Mites can be treated, fowl pox just has to run it's course.

Pick up the chicken and rub the black spots, see if it is dried blood or dirt...     or, if it looks like a scab, a sore.

Check for mites under the wings, on the vent, etc. as well.

(highlight copy and paste the link to the picture (not the thumbnail))...   paste it into here, into your comments/post.)

Good luck.

post #6 of 17
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http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/104418_10-23-11_022.jpg

Heres hoping this works

post #7 of 17

looks like pox to us. we are going through the same thing right now! they say there is nothing you can do but let it run its course.

Proud owners of 9 Old English Game Bantams, 5 American Games, 5 Silkies, 4 Deanvers & 1 Duccle, and 2 Beautiful Polish Hens (My Wife calls them ladies). We are newbies at this, but we are loving it.  We started out with 2 chickens, we now have Thirty Something and totally obsessed with raising them.  Each one of them has a name and it's own little personality. There's always room for "one" more.
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Proud owners of 9 Old English Game Bantams, 5 American Games, 5 Silkies, 4 Deanvers & 1 Duccle, and 2 Beautiful Polish Hens (My Wife calls them ladies). We are newbies at this, but we are loving it.  We started out with 2 chickens, we now have Thirty Something and totally obsessed with raising them.  Each one of them has a name and it's own little personality. There's always room for "one" more.
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post #8 of 17

This does not look like pox at all to me. It looks 100% like fighting pecks. Could be from a bit of overcrowding or stress, but could also be just from pecking order determination... Avian Pox looks much larger than this, there are some good photos around and even a BYC page on it: http://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-diseases-AvianPox.html

Work with my business partner on American Dominiques in large fowl and bantam,

also keep a few Black Sumatras in large fowl and Coturnix Quail in Tibetan and Tibetan Tuxedo.

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Work with my business partner on American Dominiques in large fowl and bantam,

also keep a few Black Sumatras in large fowl and Coturnix Quail in Tibetan and Tibetan Tuxedo.

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post #9 of 17

it may just be fighting pecks and lets hope that is all it is, but this is what my chickens started out looking like! just my 100% opinion!

Proud owners of 9 Old English Game Bantams, 5 American Games, 5 Silkies, 4 Deanvers & 1 Duccle, and 2 Beautiful Polish Hens (My Wife calls them ladies). We are newbies at this, but we are loving it.  We started out with 2 chickens, we now have Thirty Something and totally obsessed with raising them.  Each one of them has a name and it's own little personality. There's always room for "one" more.
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Proud owners of 9 Old English Game Bantams, 5 American Games, 5 Silkies, 4 Deanvers & 1 Duccle, and 2 Beautiful Polish Hens (My Wife calls them ladies). We are newbies at this, but we are loving it.  We started out with 2 chickens, we now have Thirty Something and totally obsessed with raising them.  Each one of them has a name and it's own little personality. There's always room for "one" more.
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post #10 of 17
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The spots dont rub off.  All the chickens seem robust healthy and are all eating well. I checked all their feet and there isn't any scaling. After reading all I could find and looking at the pics on the internet I'm ruling out Pox, none of the spots look similar to what I saw in the pics and there are none of the other symtoms. I'm leaning towards pecking spots ar maybe even mites. If it's mites is there anything organic I can use to treat them? Sauve or something similar?

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