What are these sores on my chickens waddle and comb?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by BigKitty09, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. BigKitty09

    BigKitty09 In the Brooder

    Recently for the past few days or so I've noticed two of my chickens have this weird sore-type thing on their waddle and comb. The white leghorn seems to have it the worst but it looks like it is slowly creeping up on my blue andalusian as well. They seem to be walking around foraging as usual. They are cage free, and we live in a country-like suburb. What is it and how do I get rid of it?
    Sorry they are sideways I had the hardest time trying to rotate them, then save them appropriately to upload onto here so i just gave up.
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011
  2. tlagnhoj

    tlagnhoj In the Brooder

    Apr 9, 2010
    tagging for interest.
  3. dedicateddourly

    dedicateddourly Songster

    Jun 20, 2008
    Fallbrook, CA
    It might be the dry form of avian pox which my Delaware is just coming out of. From my research, there are no other symptoms besides a possible drop in egg production. There is no treatment and should clear up on its own in about 3 weeks. But you should clean the bumps with iodine. Good luck. If you'd like to see my thread, here it is: www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=562743

    in case, you might also want to check your birds for parasites because that can also result in spots.
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  4. BigKitty09

    BigKitty09 In the Brooder

    yikes how do i check for parasites?
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    You might want to do a search for fowl pox. I have no experience with it, but it sure resembles pictures I have seen of it.

    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011
  6. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Quote:Look around the vent for mites and lice. They will either look like little black spots or straw colored bugs. Mites can also cause black spots on the combs.
  7. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Couldn't those just be sores from arguments about pecking order? In other words, they're fighting with each other and grabbing wattles & combs, causing sores? [​IMG]
  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Since they are at the edges of the waddles and combs, and it appears that the comb is ripped pretty good in that pic, I am going to venture to guess those are scuffle inures.
  9. MtWashFam

    MtWashFam In the Brooder

    Apr 1, 2011
    I am dealing with the same issue right now. Already lost one roo to the wet version of the pox. I ordered the vaccine for the youngins and anyone not showing symptoms yet, so they will be ready to face the world here in a few weeks.

    I have been using iodine on the spots and it has already made a big difference!

    Also putting vitamins and electrolytes in the waterers to help them stay healthy while they fight it off. Being a viral thing, you can only let it work it's way through naturally.

    Good luck.
  10. TheSpiceGirls

    TheSpiceGirls Crowing

    Oct 6, 2010
    Bay Area, CA
    Yea, I was thinking peck marks too. My BO is at the bottom of the pecking order and has had her share of nips to her comb which look similar to yours. They take longer to heal than I would think they should. But don't seem to cause any discomfort.

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