Ah, yes this sounds more like an ergot. Phew, I was worried if that was scratches how in the world I was going to get those things off
We are supposed to have a warmer weekend so I plan on really going into his thick feathers and making sure there isn't anything I need to treat. His pasture was nothing but mud where I got him from so I am betting there are some issues in there and I will have more questions.
Thank you guys so much!