My 6 month old rooster has developed what look like large black smudges on his face and comb. It isn't dirt or anything that I can wipe off. He has had a nice bright red head until about the last 3 or 4 days. Any ideas what this might be and if I should do anything about it?
Big thanks to everyone who has responded and given tips and advice!!
He is doing well and even though it has only been a couple days he is looking much better. I am thinking maybe he went next door (we live in an orchard so the nearest house is several hundred feet away but they sometimes wander that why while scratching around during the day...) Anyway, I know they have a rooster over there and he MUST have gotten in a brawl with the other Roo. None of my hens have come down with any black or white marks (thank goodness) and his seems to be improving daily.
I believe he is mainly Araucana... BUT, I can't be sure he's not somewhat of a mutt. I LITERALLY scraped him off the road one day on my way home after he had been hit by a car. He was probably only 3 months old at the time and I didn't realize right away he was a "HE". I have egg laying hens and had no interest in a rooster. Of course when I realized he was one, it was too late and I was already attached so now my poor hens have to deal with him