[FONT=georgia,palatino]All About Combs[/FONT][FONT=tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif]***This page is still in construction stages... Please check back soon for additional information and images.*** [/FONT]
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Common Comb Problems and Issues
[FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif] Circulatory Problems[/FONT]
Fowl pox is characterized by wart-like bumps on a chicken's skin (such as on the comb or wattles) and possible problems with the bird's respiratory system. Birds do not normally die of fowl pox unless the respiratory problems are serious.
Fowl pox is a virus, and can be transmitted from bird to bird via direct or indirect contact. One common method of transfer is through mosquito bite. Birds that have recovered from fowl pox do not remain carriers of the virus.
This virus can survive for several months, which makes it extremely difficult to get rid of once a flock becomes infected. Typically, a course of fowl pox runs three to five weeks in an individual bird. Young birds that contract the virus may have grown retardation, and laying hens will experience a drop in productivity. Any bird with respiratory symptoms related to fowl pox with have difficulties eating and breathing.
To diagnose fowl pox in your flock, look for the presence of wart-like bumps or lesions on your birds' combs and wattles. A veterinarian or a lab can also diagnose this virus.[/FONT]
[FONT=arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Prevention of the virus can be accomplished via vaccination. Ordinary flock management practices -- such as cleaning and sanitizing the coop regularly -- will not help to prevent this disease.[/FONT]
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Injuries to the Comb (Cuts/Bleeding)
[FONT=tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif][FONT=georgia,palatino]For more information and further reading...[/FONT]
[FONT=tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Anderson, Dave. "The Chicken's Comb." Backyard Poultry Magazine. Feb.-Mar. 2008.
Percy, Pam. The Field Guide to Chickens. Saint Paul, MN: Voyageur Press, 2006.
University of Illinois Extension. "Combs - Incubation and Embryology." <http://www.urbanext.uiuc.edu/eggs/res11-combs.html>. [FONT=tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif]23 August 2008.[/FONT]
[FONT=tahoma,arial,helvetica,sans-serif]Vollmerhaus, B., Reese, S. and Roos, H. "Vascularization of the Fleshy Comb in the Domestic Chicken." Anatomia, Histologia, Embryologia. Volume 34, Supplement 1. December 2005. Blackwell Publishing.[/FONT]