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Post  chickyboo on Mon Jul 23, 2012 11:16 pm

Hello! I wonder if anyone can help, I noticed today that my leghorn hen (biiig floppy comb!) has developed a few blisters on her comb, they are pale in colour and about 4mm in diameter. Online search mostly seems to suggest fowl pox, but her blisters don't look anything like the pictures (thankfully, as they are frankly highly disturbing!) Is it just that this is the early stages or could it be something else? We have recently been waging war on red mite, which are now under control, but i wonder if it could be related? I got a bit heavy handed and used red mite powder, diatom and that scary looking bright pink mite spray in the coop and dusted the birds with diatom - could she be having a reaction to all this?? Any ideas greatly appreciated, she is laying well and seems happy enough in all other respects. Thanks! Very Happy

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Re: Blisters on comb...

Post  jerrios on Tue Jul 24, 2012 4:53 am

Did she had a fight with other hens? They always try to bite the comb

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Post  chickyboo on Tue Jul 24, 2012 10:57 am

Not that i'm aware of, she's pretty much queen bee amongst my girls!

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Post  jerrios on Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:12 am

Does it look like this?
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/498331/help-scabs-on-combs-wattles

A vet once told me chickens are pretty tough birds. If its not a serious wound they can weather it out as long as they have food and water. Just to be on the safe side i always separate them just in case it spreads.

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Post  chickyboo on Tue Jul 24, 2012 11:43 am

Thanks for your response! Yesterday they were more like water filled blisters, less scabby looking than the pics in your link, but actually today they are starting to look a bit crustier, and one had turned black, so i'm thinking this is the same thing Sad I'm not sure how to keep her away from the others, the only time i've ever had to separate my chooks before is when one got poorly and the others started attacking her, it was pretty easy to keep them apart as she didn't want to go near them! I fenced off a section of the garden for her and made a nest in a pet carrier, but Chewwie (the blistered hen in question!) is not only feisty and sociable but also very light, she easily and often jumps over the fences and into neighbours gardens...any ideas how to keep her in quarantine?!

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Re: Blisters on comb...

Post  jerrios on Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:15 pm

Here we have this thing called serkup ayam upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/0/08/YosriSerkupAyam.jpg/90px-YosriSerkupAyam.jpg
You can make one out of fence too. The one in link is made of rattan. But for this purpose I don't know how long it'll take for your hen to heal @_@ I think all you can do is keep the sleeping area clean and change their drinking water pretty often.

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Post  chickyboo on Tue Jul 24, 2012 12:24 pm

Thanks for all your help! She's a pretty tough girl, I'm sure she'll weather it out, will keep you posted!

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Post  jerrios on Tue Jul 24, 2012 1:25 pm

Yeah she will =) as long as she eats she'll be okay. Goodluck and take care

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Post  chickyboo on Tue Jul 31, 2012 12:26 am

Just thought I'd post a quick update, all looking good, no more scabs and she's healing up nicely, so i"m now wondering if she did get picked on by one of the others...Anyways, she seems to be fine, so fingers crossed!

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Post  cheekychook on Tue Sep 04, 2012 1:07 pm

That's great news! Smile

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