Black funk encrusted on comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Holliewoodslife, Nov 21, 2019.

  1. Holliewoodslife

    Holliewoodslife Hatching

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    Hi everyone
    It's the first time posting for me, but I have followed this blog for a while due to the fantastic advice! My Silkie roo cross has this weird black gunk encrusted on his comb. He shares a coop with his sister (they hatched together 4 months ago) and during the day he free ranges. It's not a pecking related injury, so I am worried it could be fowlpox. I live in the south of spain so it never gets really cold here and it barely rains that often. Do I need to take him to a vet? And what could this be? Pic attached. Thanks so much in advance! 1574333890737..jpg
     

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  2. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

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    It doesn't look like fowl pox, looks like pecking injury to me. The front part has scabs, some of the other may be dried blood. I'd take some warm soapy water with a qtip and see if you can clean some of it off. A bit of plain neosporin if necessary, but usually I leave them alone unless it's really bad. Some roo's get pecked by hens and put up with it.
     
  3. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

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    May be an optical illusion, but are these 'holes'?
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    A lot of it just looks like dirt stuck in there,
    that type of comb looks like it could 'gather' all kinds of detritus.
    Agrees a good wash might tell the tale.

    Could be some dry pox there tho.

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  4. coach723

    coach723 Crowing

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    Those are what I saw as scabs, but you are right, it could be an illusion.
     
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  5. Kiki

    Kiki Is your thermometer calibrated?

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    I see scabs.
     
  6. FortCluck

    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    Some of my girls have scabs like this from mating. My rooster Sid has scabs like this because his brother is training him to be a gentleman and when he's not, Squatch knocks some sense into him.
     
  7. Holliewoodslife

    Holliewoodslife Hatching

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    Thanks so much for your advice I will try bathing the comb with warm water and q tip!
     
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  8. Holliewoodslife

    Holliewoodslife Hatching

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    Thankyou!!
     
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