Black dots - combs....Picking or Pox?....UPDATED w/ pics**

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by totallycity, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. totallycity

    totallycity Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi!
    Keeping in mind that I am new to chickens...
    I noticed this morning that my ladies (& roo) have some little black dots on their red combs.

    We live in TN so it's cold, but daytime has been 70ish and night times about 40ish. We have only had 2 frosts so far where it was at or right below 32.

    Surley this can't be a frost issue?
    I am guessing some sort of parasite?

    Any thoughts?
    Lisa

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  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    Poxs maybe?
     
  3. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    You would have to post a pic.... but sometimes they are little scabs from fighting, scratching around by the chicken wire, etc.
     
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  4. totallycity

    totallycity Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:What is pox??
     
  5. totallycity

    totallycity Out Of The Brooder

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    I never see them fight or pick at each other.
    On one of the girls it looks like a solid black line just along the tip of her comb.

    The other girls are just some small little dots scattered all over the combs.

    Everyone seems healthy and happy. Laying is fine.
    Just don't know if this is something I shoudl address?
     
  6. totallycity

    totallycity Out Of The Brooder

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    No it's not as wart like as that link above shows, it's more like little dirt specks.
    Maybe they just need a bath![​IMG]

    Serioulsy when I call the county agent in town he never seems to know anything!
    Our vet doesn't do poultry so I am just trying to solve myself.
     
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  7. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    I've noticed small spots on some of my roosters. Turns out they're pecking the snot out of each others combs. That could be it.
    Good luck.
     
  8. Guitartists

    Guitartists Resistance is futile

    Mar 21, 2008
    Michigan
    Do you have a way to post a pic? This is often the best way to get answers....

    I spose it could be parasites... maybe they are biting the comb areas?? It's so hard to say with out visual information.
     
  9. Buff Hooligans

    Buff Hooligans Scrambled

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    I've noticed little black dots on our four girls combs at random times, but usually during the winter. The girls don't peck at each others combs, nor are they diseased, but I keep my eye on them in case they indicate something serious. They always go away by themselves.
     

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