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Scabs? Help!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pitter58, Nov 6, 2013.

  1. pitter58

    pitter58 Out Of The Brooder

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    What is up with the comb on this one? Is it a disease? Or scab?[​IMG]
     
  2. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Its difficult to tell by the photo, but to me, it looks like either a more severe pecking wound, or dry fowl pox. Fowl Pox is a viral disease carried by insects like mosquitoes. It has no relation at all to human chicken pox. In its wet form, fowl pox shows up as scabs/bumps on a bird's head, wattles, and comb. In its other form, the wet form, fowl pox appears as lesions/bumps in the mouth and respiratory tract. If the lumps inside the throat get large enough, death is caused by suffocation. But the dry form of fowl pox is usually nothing to worry about--it will run its course in 3-6 weeks. The only thing you can really do is treat with an antibiotic to prevent secondary infection, and try to keep the affected birds comfortable.
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    X2. To help the scabs/lesions go away, you can put some iodine or shoe polish on them.
     
  4. pitter58

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    To know for sure would I need to take her to the vet? Is it highly contagious?
     
  5. pitter58

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  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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