Rooster has black smudges on cone and face

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by 3eggeaters, Jul 6, 2011.

  1. 3eggeaters

    3eggeaters Out Of The Brooder

    My 6 month old rooster has developed what look like large black smudges on his face and comb. It isn't dirt or anything that I can wipe off. He has had a nice bright red head until about the last 3 or 4 days. Any ideas what this might be and if I should do anything about it?
    Thank you.

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    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  2. 3eggeaters

    3eggeaters Out Of The Brooder

    Just updated with a picture if that helps???
     
  3. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    Bolivia N.C
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011
  4. DaughterOfEve

    DaughterOfEve Chillin' With My Peeps

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  5. 3eggeaters

    3eggeaters Out Of The Brooder

    Just read up on pox. That may indeed be it but the spots don't seem to be "scabby" in nature...??? Also wondered if it could be caused by some sort of mite. [​IMG]

    Either way I need to dust my entire flock, I suppose, since I haven't done that yet.

    The fowlpox deal doesn't sound too pleasant so I'm hoping that's not it.
    Thanks again for the info!!!
     
  6. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    Bolivia N.C
    Fowl pox is very extensive. You need to treat him for it. This condition is very irritating to the bird.
     
  7. 3eggeaters

    3eggeaters Out Of The Brooder

    Would you recommend this treatment?

    "There is no absolute known treatment for fowl pox. To prevent secondary
    infection treat the bird with 1 tablespoon of powdered Terramycin per gallon of drinking water or 300 mg
    of oxytetracycline (Terramycin) per gallon of water for 3 days. To help the birds stay comfortable during
    this trauma mix 1 cup of Vaseline with 2 teaspoons of Sulfur Powder (may be purchased at a plant
    nursery). The sulfur is to repel the mites, flies and mosquitoes. The Vaseline will help keep the scabs soft
    so you can gently remove them from the eyelids and around the mouth so the birds can see to eat and drink."

    Taken from www.apa-abayouthprogramsite.org
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011
  8. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    Bolivia N.C
    Quote:Yes that sound perfict, But sense these arn't scabs, the vaseline may be used to make him more comfy, but isn't absoutly needed.
     
  9. 3eggeaters

    3eggeaters Out Of The Brooder

    Thanks so much for the advice!! My first time on the forum and glad I came!

    Now, any idea how to spread Vaseline on the face of a skittish rooster that I can hardly even catch!? LOL
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  10. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 4, 2010
    Bolivia N.C
    Haha, Grab him from behind or corner him. Then have someone else hold his wings close to his body while you spread the vaseline. [​IMG] Trust me, I've had my share of skidish roo's
     

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