Chicken pecks or pox?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Aviary junkie, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. Aviary junkie

    Aviary junkie In the Brooder

    Oct 8, 2009
    Here is a picture of my chicken, on its comb there are black spots. How do I know if they are from getting pecked or does my chicken have early stage of pox?
  2. mypicklebird

    mypicklebird Songster

    Aug 8, 2008
    Sonoma Co, CA
    It is really hard to tell them apart when there are only a few spots. Not what you want to hear, but it could be either. Pox usually has a more of a white lump look, peck marks look more like black scabs (which they are) I suppose you can pick one off and see if it dissolves in water to blood. Time will tell- pox will spread, then go away in a few weeks. Peck marks will usually stay with the low birds in the pecking order, or the rooster's favorite hen.... a peck mark will also heal faster than a pox mark.

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