Originally Posted by beckah1
First question regarding combs: My rooster RIR mix has a big red comb. Sometimes it's got a little bit of black. I thought he got frostbite this winter, but then it went away. Sometimes I'll look and it's completely red, sometimes there is black on it. What could this be?
Is it black or blue? When it's especially hot out, chickens run a lot of bloodflow through their combs during the summer because the thin skin allows the blood to cool easily. Sometimes when the concentration of blood in the comb is high or the blood is low in oxygen, the comb can appear a darker red or even a blue or blackish, especially towards the back of the comb. Of course, it's easier to see things like this in birds with big tall single combs like your rooster or mediterranean breeds like Leghorns. Things like this are no big deal, but there's always the off chance that the discoloration is due to illness, so keep an eye on him to make sure he's acting normally
Originally Posted by LisaYolkUm
okay---cant believe I am responding to this..............but I was just reading in the learning section about chicken diseases etc...........and there is some type of pox or something like that
and they say to separate the chicken and there is a treatment for it..............
check out the learning center-----keeping your flock healthy part..........and then chicken diseases heading.............I think that is where I read this......
Yup! Chickens can get both Dry pox and Wet pox. Both originate from the same virus strain, but it's considered wet pox when the warts are in the bird's mouth or upper respiratory tract. Pox is a virus and has no definite treatment and takes a very long time to go away. It's hard to prevent it due to the fact that it is transferred via parasitic insects like mosquitoes, but I believe there is a vaccine for fowl pox? I'm not sure. I personally haven't seen it in the immediate area or had it in my flock...
Edited by LeBlackbird - 7/3/13 at 9:33pm