Black spots in chicken combs

farmgurlwannabe

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Help! Lowest it’s been here at night is 30 & they have more than adequate shelter. What’s wrong with them?
 

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CluckerFamily

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Fowl pox needs to run its course. Putting iodine on the scabs will help them dry up faster.
Some chickens die, most don't. It depends if it is dry or wet fowl pox and how bad the case is when you notice the fowl pox.
 

farmgurlwannabe

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Fowl pox needs to run its course. Putting iodine on the scabs will help them dry up faster.
Some chickens die, most don't. It depends if it is dry or wet fowl pox and how bad the case is when you notice the fowl pox.
We do have mosquitos but more in summer than now. Hardly any now but still out there. We don’t have lots of standing water but our neighbors do🙄 How can we determine the type if it’s wet or dry
 

CluckerFamily

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We do have mosquitos but more in summer than now. Hardly any now but still out there. We don’t have lots of standing water but our neighbors do🙄 How can we determine the type if it’s wet or dry
Yours looks like dry fowl pox. Wet fowl pox would be in the mouth and not black but yellow spots. You could check in their beak to make sure. Fowl pox can take weeks to run its course there is no cure but the iodine does help. There is also a vaccine you can give to your flock if they don't have fowl pox but since the others have some spots, chances are they all have it.
 

farmgurlwannabe

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Yours looks like dry fowl pox. Wet fowl pox would be in the mouth and not black but yellow spots. You could check in their beak to make sure. Fowl pox can take weeks to run its course there is no cure but the iodine does help. There is also a vaccine you can give to your flock if they don't have fowl pox but since the others have some spots, chances are they all have it.
Thank you for all the help!
 

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farmgurlwannabe

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Thank you. I agree it’s unusual but we have nothing else going on. My flock had been very healthy and this was sudden and I expected. I will keep an eye on them for signs of wet pox.
 

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