White Flakes On Comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Wyandotte 123, Oct 27, 2014.

  1. Wyandotte 123

    Wyandotte 123 Out Of The Brooder

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    My Phoenix Rooster has been living in a extra large dog crate his whole life. Now I have him and he is in a horse box stall with natural light and he can dust bath and do all that. I noticed the other day that he had this white flaking stuff over his large comb. Im wondering whether its a sunburn or something they do during fall/winter or something that is completely unusual.
     
  2. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    It could be dry skin that can be treated with oils or cream rubbed into the comb, or possibly favus, a fungal infection, treated by applying miconazole (or monistat) cream daily. Can you post a picture? Here is a link to read about dry skin: https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/100146/dry-skin-on-comb/10
     
  3. Wyandotte 123

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    I couldn't get a good picture of the other side.
     
  4. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hmmm. It looks a little like favus, and unless he is supposed to have white earlobes, it could be on them too. After looking up Phoenix roosters I see they do have white earlobes. Favus is not a big deal unless it spreads all over the flock without treatment. I would get some miconazole or monistat cream, and rub some in daily. Even if it is just dry skin it won't hurt. Here is an advanced case of favus:

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  5. Michael Apple

    Michael Apple Overrun With Chickens

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    X2 on the Miconazole anti-fungal cream. Applied every day as a thin coating on all affected areas should clear it up in a week. Keep watch on the eyes and try to keep it out of the eyes if possible. Keep us updated on the progress, Wyandotte. You might want to make a habit of using a disinfectant like Oxine AH that is anti-fungal, viral, bacterial, and mold around the coop. Favus is usually spread from bird to bird since it is a parasitic fungus, so examine your other birds too, keeping waterers and feed troughs clean.
     
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  6. Wyandotte 123

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    Ok thank you everybody I will run to the store and get that. I recently got him so maybe he got it from the other flock. Scary looking picture, don't want Gus to end up like that![​IMG]
     

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