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Not sure what is on my chicken!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by JMchicks, Sep 11, 2015.

  1. JMchicks

    JMchicks New Egg

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    This is my first time raising chickens and have noticed one of my chickens has a strange development on her head. The blackish wart like bumps are concerning to me. Is it something I should be worried about?
    I saw something called fowl pox but that looks different from what my chicken has.
     
  2. luvmypets

    luvmypets Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like frostbite
     
  3. JMchicks

    JMchicks New Egg

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    It's not cold where I live tho! It's 100 right now! Anything else it could be?
     
  4. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    What climate are you in? While frostbite can certainly cause that sort of damage, it would require you to be in an area whet that is currently an issue. Pox would be more likely
     
  5. JMchicks

    JMchicks New Egg

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    Central California. We have been having 100 degree weather for a few days now.
     
  6. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    If it weren't so wide spread I would suggest peck marks
     
  7. JMchicks

    JMchicks New Egg

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    Well like you said it might be pox. I just did more research and I think it might be fowl pox or avian pox. Apparently there is no treatment but she should recover right?
     
  8. Mutt Farm

    Mutt Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Hi from So Cal [​IMG]I'm posting to follow. I have a couple hens that I'm monitoring. I hope it's pecking, we'll see. Your pic doesn't look like pecking to me either. Sorry for asking questions rather than answering yours! Are you in Central Valley SJV with mosquitoes? Can I ask where your birds came from, how long have you had them, how old are they? I'm asking to try to get to the source. We have no mosquitoes here. I might see 3 per year. Wondering if the babies I purchased had the virus?
    When I found a few black spots, I hunted around a bit, found a good article from UC Davis. Here's the link if you haven't seen it.
    http://animalscience.ucdavis.edu/avian/fowlpox.pdf
    thanks for posting!
     
  9. JMchicks

    JMchicks New Egg

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    No worries but yes I am in the sjv. I haven't seen many mosquitoes this year maybe it's way too dry right now. Not sure where they originally came from but got them locally this spring so they are about 7 months old now.
    Thank you for the site I'll take a look at it!
     
  10. chickens102403

    chickens102403 Chillin' With My Peeps

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