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black on combs

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BrownLeghorn64, Jun 10, 2016.

  1. BrownLeghorn64

    BrownLeghorn64 Out Of The Brooder

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    I have 7 chickens and 6/7 have small black spots on their comb. My rooster has it the worst. I know it is not fowl pox but don't know exactly what it is. If you know what the problem is please help me by telling me what I can do. Thank you.
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Sounds like fowl pox, there is a wet and a dry form, I just heard about. You can post photos at "emergencies, diseases, injuries, cures," thread
     
  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Not all black spots on combs are avian pox. Many times black spots appear from pecking order squabbles. When they jostle for treats or defend their favorite dust bathing area, the comb is one of the favorite places to bite at. When it bleeds and the blood dries, the blood spots turn black. Hence a lot of little black spots on the combs.

    BUT...do post in our emergency section with pictures for more help. I hope all is well! :)
     
  5. Donna R Raybon

    Donna R Raybon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yep,
    And could be biting insects like mosquitoes.
     
  6. QueenMisha

    QueenMisha Queen of the Coop

    Welcome to BYC! It's great to have you. The black spots could be from squabbling amongst flock mates, or possibly from dry fowl pox. Either issue will go away on its own most of the time.
     
  7. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] It may be dried blood from injuries, but it may also be lice/mites. Have you examined the spots to see?
     
  8. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life Out of the Woods Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! :)
     
  9. BrownLeghorn64

    BrownLeghorn64 Out Of The Brooder

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    [​IMG] [​IMG] here is what the problem looks like
     
  10. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    O.K. looking around the cockerel's eye, those look like it might be bugs. I had a problem with them some years ago in my flock. Can you check closely and let us know?
     

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