My roosters comb is turning black and scabby looking. It's been cooler here but it's not been cold enough for frostbite. It's the same on both sides of it. He won't let me catch him to get a better look. He seems to be normal in every other aspect. He eats, drinks, does his rooster business.. Anyone have this before?
Roosters Comb is Turning Dark!! Help please
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It could be a injury or a bruise?
It could be fowl pox or a fungus - it's a bit hard to see exactly what is going on.
If you can't catch him during the day, wait until night when he is roosting then get him. You can take a towel if needed and wrap it over him, birds can't see in the dark.
For fowl pox you can put iodine on the scabs to help them dry out and heal.
For a fungus, athlete's foot cream may help.
Then I would possibly treat for fungus.
If you don't want to try an anti-fungal cream, then you can try plain neosporin or vetericyn to see if that helps.
If you can try to get a close up photo, we may be able to help you identify it.
Looks like it could be Favus which can be treated with clotrimazole (athlete's foot cream) or miconazole (monistat). It does look like he may have a scab or two from pecking. You will most likely need to apply the cream every other day or so until it clears up. Then you will need to keep a watch the see if it comes back, sometimes it will.
I've found it easiest when needing to apply ointments/creams to combs, put a little cream on a paper towel (keeps lotion container clean and free of contaminates) then use a qtip to apply the cream.
The birds don't seem to mind a "swab" going over there comb/head as much as a hand and fingers. Just my experience on that.