Black spots on comb tips?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ginger c., Oct 10, 2011.

  1. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, we have several chicken issues all at once (the broke beak thread). A few days ago I noticed my chicken's comb getting black at the tips.
    I know a chicken can get frostbite, but we live in Alabama. It hasn't dropped below freezing yet.
    You can see the discoloration in the pic below. Is this something we should worry about? Or is this something simple like she scratched it on something?

    Yes, we're new chicken owners and full of questions.

    Thanks in advance.

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  2. Gallusfarm

    Gallusfarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Those are scabs from someone pecking her most likely. You could put some neosporin w/out pain relief on it, they should heal just fine.
     
  3. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Thank you. I was worried it might be some funky disease like human pox.
     
  4. Prisserbabe

    Prisserbabe Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The chicken coop
    Do you have roosters? It could be possible.... [​IMG]
     
  5. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I have one rooster. She won't let him get up on her.
    A week or two ago an easter egger we have was trying to hold this one down so the roo (a silkie) could mount her... but she always managed to get away. [​IMG]
    Maybe he thinks that comb is a rein???
     
  6. anderson8505

    anderson8505 Peace, Love & Happy Chickens

    Hens can peck at other hens as well. This injury happens even without a rooster.
     
  7. chick007

    chick007 secretagent chickenman

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    it could also be the start of a fowl pox outbreak. is it just one chicken or several. i would read up on fowl pox ino diseases section
     
  8. BrattishTaz

    BrattishTaz Roo Magnet

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    It is just a minor injury. It will heal in a week or so. [​IMG] My boys get these (and much worse) all the time.
     
  9. ginger c.

    ginger c. Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:It's just her. She is healthy otherwise... no coughing, sneezing, etc

    and today she laid her first egg! YAY!!!!!!!

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  10. top of the hill

    top of the hill Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Congrats on your first egg! [​IMG]

    One of my RIR's has this as well, I'm glad I found this post. I noticed them a few days ago... one on the comb tip was an opened wound that I cleaned with peroxide and vasiline. One of her sisters got the better of her. Then the other day, the same sister latched on to her waddle pretty hard and there are a few scabs (almost like scratches)

    She is otherwise fine, eating, scratching, jumping, laying.... with of course the quick escapes from the mean girl!
     

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