Comb and wattle growing white hairs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by waywind, Nov 16, 2019.

  1. waywind

    waywind In the Brooder

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    Hi all,

    My two buff orphingtons are doing great, after surviving our first broody breaking just a few weeks ago. Egg laying and all other behaviours are back to normal. They are now about 8-9 months old.

    The only thing I've noticed is that their wattles and Combs aren't the nice full red colour they were a few months ago. They've started to go a bit white; sometimes it looks like white hairs to me but I'm not sure. I've attached a photo of them today and one a few months ago when their Combs were nice and red.

    I've tried to read around but the closest I could get was possible frost bite; given we're in Australia and in spring I find it hard to connect it to this. Can anyone shed some light on this?

    Thanks,
    Waywind
     

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  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

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    The combs look a little dry to me. You can put a little baby oil or coconut oil on the combs if you wish.
     
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    FortCluck Free Ranging

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    I agree...
     
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  4. waywind

    waywind In the Brooder

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    Thanks for your comments guys.

    Would there be any underlaying issues that would cause this? They drink water from a bucket with poultry nipples so I think they can get enough hydration. Or is it just a climate thing?
     
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  5. Wyorp Rock

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    Could be climate or hydration problem. They have just come out of winter too right?
    Age may influence it too.
     
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  6. waywind

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    Hi again,

    So it looked like things were improving with the dry combs, which was good. However I noticed a white bump on Buffy today that I tried just flicking off but it's some sort of growth.

    Opinions on fowl pox or favus? Based on previous threads, sounds like potentially fowl pox if it turns black? :(

    Cute photo though right?
     

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  7. Wyorp Rock

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    Yes, she's cute :)

    I think I would investigate that bump a little more to see if it's not some type of debris that's stuck on the comb.
     
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  8. Mimi13

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    I agree with @Wyorp Rock. It does not look like fowl pox to me. Fowl pox would be a larger spot that develops into a blister. One of my original girls developed fowl pox and the blisters mostly appeared on her wattles. I think you could gently rub that white speck between your thumb and index finger and it would come off. Even if it doesn’t I don’t think that is anything to worry about.

    And BTW, she’s a pretty little girl.
     
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  9. waywind

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    Thanks as always for the advice :)

    I'm glad I just have the two to learn from first. I was pretty keen to get four first, but now I think it was a good idea to start with two and survive the first 6 months before I get more. Otherwise I think I would go crazy with anxiety over them haha.

    I'll monitor and see how we go. Buffy is pretty skittish compared to her sister so I prefer just to let her be. Pretty impressed I got a good photo of her haha.
     
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    Mimi13 fuhgettaboutit

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    You can always pluck her off the roost to check her. Use a little flashlight or headlamp to do your checking. The birds generally will give you no problem at all at nighttime.
     
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