Black spots on chicken's comb, wattles, and earlobe

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Chickens Funny, Jul 14, 2015.

  1. Chickens Funny

    Chickens Funny New Egg

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    I was out this morning and saw black spots on my buff orpington's comb, wattles and earlobe. Is she getting a disease or is it too hot for her?
     
  2. CalgaryFarmer

    CalgaryFarmer Chillin' With My Peeps

    On mine, I had dark spots on the comb and attributed that to watermelon juice that got dirty and dried. Trying wiping it off with a cloth.

    I am assuming it is not cold where you are.
     
  3. lugnut151

    lugnut151 Out Of The Brooder

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    if the black spots are like little scabs all over comb and wattles, then good chance it could be fowl pox.
     
  4. Chickens Funny

    Chickens Funny New Egg

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    [​IMG] Thank you. I was also wondering is the disease harmful or not?
     
  5. lugnut151

    lugnut151 Out Of The Brooder

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    Theres 2 kinds of fowl pox, wet and dry. Dry is not that bad but wet is. Several of mine have lived through dry pox without treatment and been just fine. I have no experience with wet pox but put fowl pox in the search box and you will get a slew of answers. I do know dry pox is the scabs on wattles and comb. I believe wet pox appear in the mouth and throat.
     
  6. giannini

    giannini Out Of The Brooder

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    A couple of my hens got this. It wasn't a bad case. Just small black spots on the comb, and a few on the wattles. It started with my white leghorn. I used some grapefruit seed extract on it, and then oregano oil. I put it in their water, and some diluted in olive oil directly on the spots. Two other hens had it(I have 8 chickens in all) the same. It seemed to run it's course quickly(1 week)and never progressed to anything worse. I read that once they get it, they won't get it again. I didn't notice it on all of them so I am hoping the oregano oil in the water kept the others from getting it. Oregano oil and grapefruit seed extract are natural antibiotics.
     

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