Are my chickens okay? ~PICS~

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Chicken0Boy, Jan 16, 2011.

  1. I went down to my chicken coop today to give it a good clean out, but first a checked my birds...the first bird I checked was my roo and he had these little black dots on his comb and wattle! I checked my other birds, and only one other had them.... I am so confused. This is my first batch of chickens, so I got a few questions. [​IMG]

    1. What is this?
    2. Is this bad?
    3. Can it spread if so?
    4. Is there anything I can do to help/get rid of it?
    5. Is it deadly?
    6. Do I need to isolate them from the others?

    Heres the roo! I would get pics of hen but they are so small you would not be able to see them on my camera. [​IMG] Sorry if you can't see them good.
    Last edited: Jan 16, 2011

  2. Tilly's Nest

    Tilly's Nest In the Brooder

    Dec 2, 2010
    Cape Cod
    Could it possibly be frost bite?
  3. It could be...we had a huge storm in S.C. and it got below freezing alot. Idk though. [​IMG]
  4. ranchhand

    ranchhand Rest in Peace 1956-2011

    Aug 25, 2008
    No, it's not frostbite. Frostbite starts on the comb tips and moves inward.

    Probably a little pecking going on in the coop, since they aren't getting out and around as much. It could be a fowl pox start, but I really don't think so. I suspect a little minor pecking is going on.

    In this situation, I would check all over very carefully for lice or mites, just to be on the safe side, then watch a little more to see who's being grumpy. Careful observation is really the best tool.
  5. Quote:I did notice my roo pecking at the other hen...on the pic it only looks like 1 spot but there are some spots like in between the comb tips. Also, would I just find the bugs on the body or woild there be signs?

  6. bump........ [​IMG] [​IMG]
  7. hallerlake

    hallerlake Songster

    May 30, 2010
    I was reading a thread recently about a fungal disease that starts as black spots on the comb. The spots then turn white. Favus is what they called it.
  8. chicken burger

    chicken burger Songster

    Dec 12, 2010
    Quote:lice and mites can be seen with the naked eye. I usually see mites on the head feathers, right at the base of the feather. they are tiny, so look carefully. Lice are also tiny but can also be spotted. give them a good dusting with a tick/flea/lice powder to be sure.

    But I agree with the other folks. it looks like there is just some pecking going on.
  9. Ok, so I just went down to check and the roo has 1 white spot on him... I am positive. What does this mean?

  10. hallerlake

    hallerlake Songster

    May 30, 2010
    Try searching on BYC for favus. I think you treat it anti-fungal medicine, like for athletes foot.


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