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Grey ball on comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by aohare, Jan 14, 2016.

  1. aohare

    aohare Out Of The Brooder

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    Any idea what this might be? I'm at a loss and they're on two of my birds, this one is just a single large ball, the other is like a cluster of 6 or 7 on the comb...

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    AJ
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    What type of climate are you in right now? Is it warm and are mosquitoes out there? I can't tell that much from the one picture, but fowl pox could be a possibility. Could you post another pic or two?
     
  3. aohare

    aohare Out Of The Brooder

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    Sorry she wasnt cooperating with a photo :)

    How about these:
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  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Those look like ticks to me. Can you try to pull one off with tweezers? Then clean the skin with iodine, alcohol, or Vetericyn.
     
  5. szczur

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    They look like ticks to me too. I've had to pull lots of those off of my dog, regardless of his flea/tick meds. If you wiggle them around sometimes you see the black spot of the body and the legs gently waving hello on the base of the protrusion. I take them off by tying thread around the base and pulling gently. Usually they come off in one piece and still alive that way. Then I nuke the little !@#$%^s in the microwave to make sure they're dead.
     
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  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Ticks can cause a variety of illnesses in chickens including spirochetosis, a paralyzing disease, anemia, and weakness. Treatment recommended by the Merck Veterinary Manual includes pressure washing the coop and treating it with permethrin spray, or other insecticides, and I would dust or spray the chickens as well.
     
  7. aohare

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    Okay so I got two off, they are definitely ticks, I checked them over pretty well and they only seem to be on the comb. These chickens don't sleep in a coup, about 6 months ago they started sleeping in a tree about 30 feet off the ground. if I get to them soon enough I put them in the coop, I tried keeping them in there for a week as some said it would re-train them...they went right back to the tree...

    How risky is Sevin if they ingest any after being dusted?

    AJ
     
  8. Eggcessive

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    I have used Sevin on my birds without a problem for years, but it can cause cancer. Permethrin is less toxic. Most TSC's and garden stores carry Permectrin II, Garden and Poultry Dust, and permethrin concentrate for spraying.
     

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