Disclolored Comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Harem keeper, Jan 24, 2017.

  1. Harem keeper

    Harem keeper New Egg

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    I have 2 year old Plymouth barred Rocks one is I think near death. She has been ill for 2-3 weeks. Lethargic loosing weight and has a nasty comb see photo. The others are fine except one has small black spots on her comb. Treated the water with a probiotic and have been tilting the sick hen upside down to drain her crop of fluid. At one point she seemed to be recovered but now is back to hiding and tail down. Thoughts[​IMG]
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  2. SunHwaKwon

    SunHwaKwon Overrun With Chickens

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    I believe that may be dry fowl pox. Are there any spots anywhere other than the comb, such as the wattles?
     
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  3. Harem keeper

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    Nothing on anybody's waddle. I read that antibiotic on the effected areas and vitamins in food may help.
     
  4. BantamLover21

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    Looks like possible dry fowl pox to me, too. It could be a secondary problem associated with whatever is wrong with her, or the main problem that is weakening her. I would isolate the sick hen in a warm, clean place where you can observe her. Offer quality chicken feed and whatever else she will eat (scrambled eggs, mealworms, various fruits, etc.), and put some vitamins in her water if possible. You can also put antibiotic ointment on the scabs on her comb, if you want. I would also recommend giving her an antibiotic (like Tylan50 or oxytetracycline) to treat any secondary infections brought on by the stress of the (possible) fowl pox.

    Is her crop squishy or enlarged? If so, then she could have sour crop and you're doing the right thing by draining her crop. If her crop seems pretty normal, though, I would stop draining her crop, since it is stressful and in that case, unnecessary.

    I would also consider the possibility that she is egg bound or internally laying. You might consider palpating her externally (just squeeze around her body/abdomen looking for abnormal lumps) or feeling around inside her vent with a gloved, lubricated finger. At this point, though, recovery from egg binding would be pretty unlikely, since the egg (if present) would have been stuck and decaying in her body for a few weeks.
     
  5. Harem keeper

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    Thanks all for your input. I did purchase vitamins and gave her 3cc via syringe. She will not eat any more at this time not even the egg yoke. Her crop has been squishy. Hate to probe her at this point. I don't expect her to survive. I do want to be more proactive with the other two though. And I did find a black spot on one of the healthy girls wattle just now. Question, why would a mosquito bite manifest itself at this time of year (Washington PA) ?
     
  6. SunHwaKwon

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    Fowl pox is spread by mosquito bites but also by infected scabs, which apparently can stay infectious for a good long while after falling off and laying in the dirt. All it takes is for the birds to come upon one. I am not sure about which species can carry fowl pox as I have not done a whole lot of research, but perhaps the scab came from a wild migrating bird. In any case, what I did read is that it generally is not fatal and it brings immunity with recovery, like human chicken pox, so the most important thing is keeping them healthy and strong as they fight through the illness. I would not give prophylactic antibiotics, but I would consider adding a supplement to the water and making sure their nutrition is up to par and the coop and run are as clean and dry as possible (the dry part is hard right now, where I am at least).

    At this point I would just try to ensure that she is eating, drinking, and eliminating adequately, and staying warm as she tries to fight this and whatever else is going on. Keep us posted and good luck.
     
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  8. Harem keeper

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    Thank you, for the detailed reading material. So much to learn. I will do more investigation in her condition. I did have trouble this year with sparrows flying into the coop and that certainly could have been the source. Dry, clean and warm is not a problem to do. She can stay inside the coop 4X8 foot interior with 2 other Barred Rocks. I will post as news occurs.
     
  9. Harem keeper

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    Got up this morning and needed to euthanize the poor girl due to her condition. I will never get used to that. Another learning process for a newbe. Thanks
     
  10. Wyorp Rock

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    I'm so sorry[​IMG]
     

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