Scabs on Comb!? HELP!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pippsqueak, Sep 15, 2011.

  1. pippsqueak

    pippsqueak Out Of The Brooder

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    So my RIR has pretty large comb and recently she has been getting sores on one side of it. They are now scabs and are black. I can post a picture tomorrow if it helps but, I was reading about Fowl Pox. Is that a possiblity? She's six months old now and she is the only one of the four I have that has this on her comb. Please help!
     
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Prolly fowl pox.
     
  3. pippsqueak

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    I read that iodine is something that I can put on the comb. Is there anything else that I can do? It also says that the disease will run its course. What signs or symptoms should I expect to see? Could this kill her?
     
  4. AZBootsie

    AZBootsie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    From what I understand the "wet" kind are the ones to watch out for. They get the scabs in the back of the mouth/throat area and can hinder breathing. Just shine a flashlight down the throat and take a peak. She won't like it, but I would do it anyway. It is a virus that comes from mosquitos, so abx won't help. Iodine will help dry up the scabs and they will fall off.

    Vit/electrolytes are always a good thing. But, there isn't really a treatment for fowl pox. You just kinda wait for them to go away unless you do see them down her throat. Then I believe people try to remove them to keep airways open. Search BYC for info, I am not sure on that one.

    Ok found a thread with info on the wet pox here: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=268902&p=1
     
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2011
  5. Sunny Side Up

    Sunny Side Up Count your many blessings...

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    Fowl Pox is very common, especially during the summer months when mosquitoes are at their peak. The virus usually only affects your young stock, because older birds have usually gotten it the previous summer and have now made their own immunity to it. It will usually just run its course and your birds will recover just fine on their own.

    The lady who runs our local chicken club says to put liquid black shoe polish on the lesions, to help dry & protect them & keep the others from pecking at them.
     

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