Black spots on comb??? *pics added*

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kentucky~Momma, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. Kentucky~Momma

    Kentucky~Momma Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My husband went out today to feed and water all our animals, and he noticed black spots on our buff roos combs. I went out and looked at them and they are scattered around, not solid, and we were wondering if anybody had any suggestions on what it might be or how we might be able to treat it???
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  2. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Mine had those and everyone told me he have avian pox. It turns out that he was infested with lice and they must have been biting his comb. He did not have avian pox, when the lice were dead the scabs were gone.

    This is avian pox:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/LC-diseases-AvianPox.html

    Check him for lice tonight by shining a flashlight on his vent area.
     
  3. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    Your roo's scabs look way worse than the ones my roo had. I'm thinking yours DOES have avail pox. Check the link in my post above.
     
  4. JacobsRewardFarm

    JacobsRewardFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    Well, I'm sad to say I think my girls have it, too. Avian Pox, that is. I saw the pictures about the time I started noticing the spots on their combs and wattles. It started with the two adult layers I bought from a friend. They were older and a little ragged, so I didn't think much about it. Now my 5 month old pullets are getting the spots, too. DANG!

    In reading that link, I discovered that it's a virus, non-treatable, but not usually lethal. Trouble is, I'm raising these girls to lay eggs for customers, and the virus cuts way back on laying. DOUBLE DANG! The two grown hens have slowed down on the laying, and the five-month olds haven't started. I was blaming the horrible heat, but now I'm not sure. It could be the pox.

    Kinda depressed. [​IMG]

    I have 25 new layers (3-4 mo.s old) in a tractor in the pasture. Sure hope they don't get it, though they may be exposed to my free range girls if they "visit" through the chicken wire. DANG DANG DANG! Too late to vaccinate.

    And where on earth does one get avian pox vaccine? Can I give the meds or do I have to call out the vet?

    Did I mention I was bummed out?

    Cindy T.
    Parker, TX
     
  5. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    Treat the lesions with iodine ...check the inside of beaks (keeping watch out for "wet" pox which usually requires additional medication...if you see placques in beak you can remove these with q-tip dipped in diluted iodine)
    Look on your property to see if there are any water areas where the mosquitoes can be breeding...treat this area for that.
     
  6. JacobsRewardFarm

    JacobsRewardFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    dlhunicorn - have you done this? Does it work? I'm totally willing to do this, plus I found out I can get the vaccine from McMurray. I have 50 week-old broilers that I may vaccinate asap, plus the 25 layers out in the tractor.

    I am strict about watching my livestock's water buckets for mosquitos, but we live on a creek and I can't really treat the creek for the pests.

    Time to get out the cotton balls, q-tips, rubber gloves and iodine. <sigh>

    Thank you for the help!

    Cindy T.
    Parker, TX
     
  7. Pine Grove

    Pine Grove Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I't doesn't resemble pox to me.. Do you have an older rooster running with this one? If it were pox you would have noticed yellowish raised bumps before the scabs appeared..Believe me I have seen my share of pox as I live near the okefenokee swamp in South GA, I have to vaccinate every year. Pox vaccine is available from jeffers for $4.45
     
  8. dlhunicorn

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    I understand your hesitation and I too saw many lesions that looked more like scratches rather than pox lesion however the pics were a bit unclear and it seemed that there was evidence of a few suspect lesion...the iodine cannot hurt and if pox there are sure to be others that have it too (even though it does spread quite slowly)...
    As far as vaccination goes ...no I have no experience with vaccinating ... if you live in an area where mosquitoes (and thus pox) is a problem then it is my understanding that vaccination in these cases are useful....
     
  9. Southern28Chick

    Southern28Chick Flew The Coop

    Apr 16, 2007
    I thought that once a bird was vaccinated once you never have to vaccinate again...or was it once they get the pox once they'll never get it again. IDK [​IMG]
     
  10. JacobsRewardFarm

    JacobsRewardFarm Out Of The Brooder

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    OK. I've found the vaccine at Jeffers, and I can use it on my new chicks as well as the new layers. It says use "wing web administration." I'm not afraid of giving shots, but I'm not sure what kind of syringe to use or exactly how to perform this. Anyone have experience? If I can order it before 3 PM Central time, they'll ship it right out. What kind of syringe should I order?

    Thanks friends,
    Cindy T.

    UPDATE: Called Jeffers and they will have a "specialist" call me back with syringe recommendation. I'll also inquire about how to administer the vaccine. I'll let you all know what I find out.
     
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