Gross comb crud

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by gal_amy, Sep 23, 2011.

  1. gal_amy

    gal_amy Out Of The Brooder

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    I just noticed some dark bumps on the combs of my chickens. I rubbed vegetable oil into the comb and worked them out. The combs felt hot.

    What could have caused this? Do the itch? Are they contagious to humans?

    My feed store guy called them scabies...What is that? for chickens? Should I look anyplace else?

    Amy from WA
     
  2. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    As far as I know, the dark bumps on chickens' combs are usually from being pecked -- therefore, it's dried blood. Nothing contagious there. [​IMG]
     
  3. 202roosterlane

    202roosterlane Happy Hen on a Harley

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    Hmmmm, interesting! I'm gonna go check my chicken in the am.
     
  4. gal_amy

    gal_amy Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:They are on all the chickens, like some bug came in and bit them all. I have 13 chickens, surely they aren't all pecking at each other.
     
  5. Lothiriel

    Lothiriel Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

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    Could you get some pictures?

    Most of mine have them -- I have 12 -- and it's got to do with the pecking order.
     
  6. Pickaduck

    Pickaduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Couldn't it be fowl pox?
     
  7. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Research fowl pox.
     

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