My Buff Orpington has big and small black spots on her comb. What is it?

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  1. LucyBO16

    LucyBO16 Out Of The Brooder

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    She has some weird black spots on her comb. You can see the big and small black spots the best in the last picture. Anyone know what is is?
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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    Looks like it could be fowl pox, which will run its course in about 6 weeks.
     
  3. LucyBO16

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    Thank you! I'll look into fowl pox.
     
  4. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    Looks more like Fly strike to me...Look that up also...


    Cheers!
     
  5. LucyBO16

    LucyBO16 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you. It seems like flystrike happens on a chicken's backside. My chicken keeps pecking at her stomach/underside feathers and getting them all wet. Is that flystrike?
     
  6. chickens really

    chickens really Chicken Obsessed

    It can happen on the wattles/ comb also....Check your birds for mites or lice....Vent area...
     
  7. LucyBO16

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    Thanks. Will do.
     
  8. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Fly strike is when flies lay eggs in poop encrusted fur or feathers,
    then the eggs hatch and the maggots proceed to eat the flesh of 'dirty' animal.

    What you see there is not fly strike....could be dry fowl pox or some fungus....
    .....or she got pecked by another bird, or bitten by some insect and what you are seeing is dried blood.

    I would not worry about it too much, or jump to any horrible conclusions, or try to treat it,
    just keep an eye on it.....I leave things alone and just observe watching for infection.
    Sometimes trying to treat something you are not sure about only makes it worse,
    and complicates any possible symptoms that might lead to a finite diagnosis.

    Have seen this come and go on my birds, like OHLD says it clears up before too long.
     
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  9. LucyBO16

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    I looked. It is not fly strike. I guess that it is just a peck from another chicken. Thank you.
     

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