What are these black marks on my chickens face? *Should I use Iodine?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chocobo, Nov 23, 2011.

  1. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2011
    I am brand new to chickens so I am not even sure if this is a problem but it sure doesn't LOOK normal to me.
    I have three chickens. Two Buff Orpingtons and an Easter Egger.
    There are these black marks on both of my BOs that I just noticed. The EE does not have them.
    Here are some pics:

    This one has it on her face and wattle.

    And this one just has it on the tip of her comb.

    I live in Texas and it hasn't gone below freezing so it can't be frostbite and I've never seen them peck at each other or be aggressive so I don't THINK it is a pecking injury but obviously I don't see them all the time.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2011
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 28, 2011
    Foothills of NC
    Looks like you guys have fowl pox.
  3. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2011
    Any way to confirm it is Avian Pox?
  4. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    Quote:It looks like it to me, too. Our whole flock came down with fowl pox the fall before last. The disease runs its course, and then the chickens will be immune for life.

    I don't know of any way to confirm other than just observing the characteristic progression of the disease. The black spots will turn into fluid filled blisters, then scab over, and after a few weeks disappear.

    The disease can be serious if the chicken gets lesions inside its throat that interfere with breathing or eating. Our little roo had this happen to him, but he pulled through anyway.

    Fowl pox isn't contagious to humans, by the way.

    Interestingly enough, the hens in our flock that came down with fowl pox were artificially raised in a brooder. We have six other hens in the flock who were raised naturally by these same hens, and even though this is their second fall, none of these chickens have so far gotten fowl pox. I wonder if a hen can pass on immunities to her chicks somehow.
  5. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2011
    After doing some research and looking at a lot of pictures I'm pretty sure you guys were right and it is fowl pox.
    Some people say to use Iodine on the marks and some say to do nothing.
    Is there any actual reason NOT to use iodine?
  6. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 28, 2010
    North Florida
    No reason not to...I just am not one for doing anything I don't have to do. My to-do lists are waaaay too long! LOL Mine had it last year. It just went away.
  7. Chocobo

    Chocobo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 27, 2011
    If I was going to use Iodine what percent strength should I use?
  8. LindsayB

    LindsayB Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 26, 2008
    Cypress, Texas
    Its fowl pox, which is transmitted from mosquitoes. Not really anything to worry about, it will just have to run its course. They should clear up in a week or two and be just fine. In the meantime you could put alittle iodine or neosporin on the scabs if they seem to be stratching or picking at them. I've heard once they have this they can't get it again.

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