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Roo with black scabs on comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AtomicPenguin, Oct 30, 2010.

  1. AtomicPenguin

    AtomicPenguin Out Of The Brooder

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    I've seen references (by searching) to fowl pox or chicken pox. The pictures I've seen here don't really resemble it but I could be incorrect. My roo is the only one with it.

    Any idea what this is? I guess they are scabs because I noticed some blood on their feeder where his comb would have been rubbing at. Should I isolate him?

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  2. dawg53

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    Looks like fowl pox to me. If you're going to seperate him, it could be for up to a month more or less, til it goes away.
     
  3. zazouse

    zazouse Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like he just injured it, he will be fine, i have about 50 roo's left right now and i see this pretty often.

    This is my BR notice his comb in the front looks like yours IMO.
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    Here's another roo that has bug bites on his comb,see the black specks
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  4. AtomicPenguin

    AtomicPenguin Out Of The Brooder

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    If it is fowl pox it is better to isolate him? Otherwise it has potential to spread to the hens?
     
  5. jenjscott

    jenjscott Mosquito Beach Poultry

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    It looks like an injusry to me too, maybe from the feeder. Putting their heads in too small of places, fighting through a fence, this type of thing. Also if there are biting flies or something and he scratches with sharp toenails. The way it is mostly on the backs of the ends make me think hes doing it pulling his head back through a hole it the pen.
     
  6. dawg53

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    Quote:Seperate him for 3 or 4 days away from the others. By then you'll be able to tell if it's fowl pox or not, It'll have spread all over his comb and wattles by then. If it's pecking or injuries, they'll have probably healed by then and you can release him back with the others. Better to be safe than sorry.
     
  7. tellynpeep

    tellynpeep Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It doesn't look like fowl pox. Is he sick?
     
  8. AtomicPenguin

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    He seems normal otherwise and eats fine.
     
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  9. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    I disagree, I would not separate him. Always disrupts the flock dynamics to some extent. If it is fowl pox, whoever gets it will be immune, and if all they get is the black spots, it is not a problem for them. Might put a little betadine or neospirin on the spots so they don't get infected. I let it run through my flock two years ago and now everyone is immune. Could be some other bug bite or pecking, too.
     
  10. dawg53

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    I forgot to add that by seperating the rooster and if it turns out to be fowl pox, you can purhase fowl pox vaccine at your feed store or order it from jeffers livestock.com and vaccinate the rest of your chickens providing immunity. Then you wont have worry about possible secondary infections requiring antibiotics.
     

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