Blue Comb

  1. chicklover16
    Bluecomb is a disease that can occur in chickens, turkeys, and quail. It is also known as pullet disease, avian monocytosis, new wheat disease, X-disease, summer disease, and mud fever. It occurs most commonly in hot summer months, usually between June and November, and affects young birds under 2 years of age.

    Avian vets have worked for years to determine the cause of bluecomb. The disease resembles an infection in the way it travels through a flock of birds. In most cases it is a disturbance of the metabolic system, although a virus is a suspected cause.

    D. E. Stover, of the California Department of Agriculture, Sacramento, CA found the virus of Newcastle disease in outbreaks of bluecomb, so several people associate bluecomb with the virus of Newcastle. This is a faulty theory, since there are several possible causes of bluecomb. Birds in early stages of the Luekosis disease often develop a bluecomb, several other things including staphylococcal and streptococcal infections and infections of the intestinal tract, can cause a blue comb. There is also a possibility that Bluecomb is caused by a mineral imbalance.

    Although there are precautions that you can take against bluecomb, you can not prevent it completely. Because it has been discovered that bluecomb is usually due to poor breeding, hatchery birds are more susceptible to bluecomb than farm birds.

    The symptoms of bluecomb will change depending on the severity of the bird’s illness. Possible symptoms could include depression, loss of appetite, blue/black comb and wattles, sour crop, and drop in egg production. A large majority of birds recover from this ailment if treated properly, however up to 80% of a flock can be killed if neglected. You can never tell if your bird’s case is fatal or not until the very end, so it is always best to treat your bird as soon as possible to prevent death.

    After an outbreak of Bluecomb, it is vital to make sure that your birds have ample supply of clean, cold water, and grain. Molasses can be helpful, as well as some form of potassium. Antibiotics, such as Aureomycin, Terramycin, Streptomycin, Duramycin, and penicillin, are highly advised for the well being of your flock.

    Bluecomb can be fatal, but it does not have to be. If you just treat your birds properly and administer the proper antibiotics, bluecomb does not need to be any more dangerous than a head cold.

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  1. Chickinlittle1
    Blue Comb or partial can also be Fungal,or heart problem-circulation. If Antibiotics don't work or initially seems to work & then they regress then I would lead more toward Heart or Fungal. Fungus can block airways,cause regurgitation,lack of eating or only eating things that will slide well down the throat. A good site for Fungal treatments(if you can't afford the Vet) is "Poultry Pedia.com. This site also has a great reference for which Antibiotic is best. I have personal experience with this & after using MANY Antibiotics without "complete" success(only regressed back after using Baytril/LA200 AT THE SAME TIME Via a Vet's advice -worked but then regressed & also with Sulphadiamethoaxine but regressed faster) I came to the conclusion this was Fungal. I used Oregano oil /Oxine Treatment.3xs a day at 15min sessions. So FAR the two are eating better(mixing a drop into wet crumble along with 1/8tsp of PLAIN UNSWEETENED YOGURT 1x daily only on yogurt). The Blue Comb is starting to go away. They still won't eat DRY Food(except seed) but I'm only on day 3 of treatments. FYI: I tried Tylan to & if you don't have the 200 (which is expensive in my neck of the woods) the Tylan 50 is only good for 8hrs so this means 2xs on injections per day. This has its side affects along with the Sulpha. My thought as a Medical asst is that the Sulpha M. worked initially because its a sulpha-salt base which affects Fungus/molds BUT can cause stomach bleeding(I noticed poops were very black). After using 6 days & experienced regression this is when I leaned toward Fungal.

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