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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Larry in Hawaii, Oct 30, 2015.

  1. Larry in Hawaii

    Larry in Hawaii Out Of The Brooder

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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?
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    It could be bruising from pecking, if it gets scabby and spreads it could be pox, nothing to be done about either one.
     
  3. Larry in Hawaii

    Larry in Hawaii Out Of The Brooder

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    Can someone please explain what Pox in chicken is
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    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.
     
  5. Larry in Hawaii

    Larry in Hawaii Out Of The Brooder

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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
     
  6. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Runs With Chickens Premium Member

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    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.
     
  7. btguy

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    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.
     
  8. Larry in Hawaii

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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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