Disease on comb

smokindave

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My chickens are developing something like growths or warts on their combs. It is spreading and increasing in severity. What is this? What is the treatment? Thanks!
 

dawg53

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My chickens are developing something like growths or warts on their combs. It is spreading and increasing in severity. What is this? What is the treatment? Thanks!

Sounds like fowl pox. It's a virus that will slowly go through your flock. It can take a month (more or less) to go away on its own. Once your flock is free of the disease, they will be immune to that particular strain. Fowl pox is mainly carried by mosquitos. Egg production will slow, but eggs are safe to eat. There is no treatment for fowl pox. However if there are secondary infections, such as a scratch to the eye for example, an antibiotic such as neosporin may be required. There are two types of fowl pox; dry pox and wet pox. Wet pox is more dangerous, it can infect the mouth, trachea, nostrils. Yellow lesions appear in the mouth, birds cant eat or swallow feed and will starve to death. Again there is no cure.
You can put iodine or black shoe polish on the wartlike nodules on the comb, wattles, or legs to help dry them up. Avoid the eyes and nostrils.
Here's a link with pics of dry pox:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/690442/is-this-fowl-pox
Dry and wet pox pics together:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...x-xxx-rated-graphic-pictures-of-pus-and-scabs
 
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Wyandottes7

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Sounds like fowl pox. It's a virus that will slowly go through your flock. It can take a month (more or less) to go away on its own. Once your flock is free of the disease, they will be immune to that particular strain. Fowl pox is mainly carried by mosquitos. Egg production will slow, but eggs are safe to eat. There is no treatment for fowl pox. However if there are secondary infections, such as a scratch to the eye for example, an antibiotic such as neosporin may be required. There are two types of fowl pox; dry pox and wet pox. Wet pox is more dangerous, it can infect the mouth, trachea, nostrils. Yellow lesions appear in the mouth, birds cant eat or swallow feed and will starve to death. Again there is no cure.
You can put iodine or black she polish on the wartlike nodules on the comb, wattles, or legs to help dry them up. Avoid the eyes and nostrils.
Here's a link with pics of dry pox:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/690442/is-this-fowl-pox
Dry and wet pox pics together:
https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/...x-xxx-rated-graphic-pictures-of-pus-and-scabs

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R.M.Qureshi

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Dear Smokindave,

I agree with dawg53 and wyndottes. It sounds like fowl pox. I live in a hot humid area where mosquitos are present round the year. I always use a homeopathic remedy VARIOLINUM 30 in case of dry pox. Three to four drops in a cup of water and never required a third dose.
You can give it a try.

Regards
Rehan M
 

PoultryPedia

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If the "warts" are white, they are possibly residue from Northern Fowl Mites rather than a disease.
What color are the warts? Do you have photos?
 

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