black spots on combs and beaks

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by applefalls, Aug 5, 2009.

  1. applefalls

    applefalls Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Cockeysville, MD
    My chickens are all 18 wks old and are I'm starting to notice tiny black spots on the combs and beaks of 6 out of my 8 chickens. The spots are tiny, about the size of a period on a piece of paper.

    This EE has a visible black dot on her beak, towards the top, above her nostril. In this same photo, on the Red Star, there is a black dot on her comb. It is almost obstructed by the fence, but is visible just above the fence wire.

    On many of the chickens, the dots look like clusters of dirt. My two Black Australorps would not tolerate being photographed, but on them, the black spots are mostly on the peaks of their combs. My Plymouth Rocks also mostly have them on the peaks of their combs.

    I've looked at many sites that show pictures of pox, and I don't think these spot resemble pox; these spots are tiny.

    Is this just a normal skin feature, like a freckle? Or is it something more serious?
  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009

    it could be the start of some kind of lice or mites

    if not fowl pox then it has to be something like mites

    do they look like they have mites in the feathers?

    if so dust with sevin 5% and clean shed and put layer of Sevin 55 on floor then bedding

    also take 1 qt of new car oil and 1 qt of kerosene or linseed oil
    mix and paint the wooden areas of the chicken house
    also paint the roosts and this will get rid of the mites or lice

    any questions email me
  3. applefalls

    applefalls Songster

    Feb 25, 2009
    Cockeysville, MD
    Thanks for your reply.

    My chickens are in a tractor, which is only about 15 weeks old, so I have not yet given it a thorough scrubbing. Every day I change the bedding in the nesting boxes and once a week I move the tractor and scrape any droppings off of the roosts and other surfaces. The rest of the 'floor' is grass.
    The girls are only in the tractor to sleep; during the day they are out and about in the enclosed yard.
  4. antlers

    antlers Songster

    Jun 20, 2008
    East Cent Minnesota
    LIkely gnat or fly bites.

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