White spots on combs, is this pox?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by pickledpurls, Oct 22, 2012.

  1. pickledpurls

    pickledpurls Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 13, 2012
    I have 3 Australorps. I noticed two of them had some white spots on their comb yesterday. Today it looks more inflamed. They are about 7 months old, all are laying. They free range in the day but sleep in a coop at night. Coop has pine shavings and I dust with DE when I change the bedding. The seem to be eating fine, none look sick. poop is good but every now and then some have a little runnyness to them.

    Anyone know what this is and how I can cure it?

    Here is a photo.


    Questions from help section:

    1) I have 3 Austrolorps - approx 7 months old
    2) Just noticed spots on two of the birds combs
    3) noticed it 2 days ago as a spot, not getting uglier.
    4) Are other birds exhibiting the same symptoms? Two of the birds
    5) Is there any bleeding, injury, broken bones or other sign of trauma. No
    6) What happened, if anything that you know of, that may have caused the situation. no
    7) What has the bird been eating and drinking, if at all. Yes
    8) How does the poop look? Normal? Bloody? Runny? etc. Normal, occasionally some have slight runnyness.
    9) What has been the treatment you have administered so far? None
    10 ) What is your intent as far as treatment? For example, do you want to treat completely yourself, or do you need help in stabilizing the bird til you can get to a vet? Depends
    11) If you have a picture of the wound or condition, please post it. It may help.
    12) Describe the housing/bedding in use. Use pine shavings, bird free range during day.
  2. Gmamatotwo

    Gmamatotwo Out Of The Brooder

    May 6, 2011
    Sheridan Wyoming
    Do you ever give your chickens milk or yogurt? When I give it to mine they splash it all over themselves and each other. It was a little scary the first time I saw them with white spots on their black feathers and combs until I figured out what it was. It's hard to tell from your picture if it could be something like that. They are not tidy eaters.
  3. crawfordmama

    crawfordmama Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 29, 2010
    The Lakes Region, NH
    Sometimes when my girls peck each other, the injuries on their combs and wattles look like this when they begin to heal. Is it possible that there's some pecking going on?
  4. terimay

    terimay Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 23, 2011
    Are the spots black in the middle, it looks like they are in the picture. If so it probably is pox. My girls got pox last summer, it is spread by mosquitoes. Its not that big of a deal unless it gets in their eyes or beaks, you can get an ointment, I didn't use any on two of my girls that had it on their combs, but one of my girls got one on her eye so I got the ointment for her. If its not that bad, its fine and will take care of itself...I think my girls that only had a few only had them for 3 or 4 weeks, the one with the ones in her eye had them for about 2 months. If they have them bad, they will stop laying eggs as well.
  5. pickledpurls

    pickledpurls Out Of The Brooder

    Jun 13, 2012
    Thank you all, I am pretty sure it is the pox. They are definitely lesions.

    Anyone know the best type of medicine / ointment to use?

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