Black spots on combs ?????

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DDRanch, Feb 22, 2008.

  1. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    I have 14 girls about 8 months old, orphingtons, wyannadottes and delawares. I am noticing small black spots on their combs.

    I live in No.California so temperatures don't freeze. they have a wonderful brand new, secure, roomy and cozy coop, outdoor pen and get to free range several hours a day.

    Are the spots anything to worry about? If yes, what do you recommend.

    Thank you for your advice and your experience.
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Do the black spots wash off, are they really small? It could very well be just picking on each other or scratches and scrapes due to a bit of pecking to figure out who gets which spot in their new home. I know some of my birds have black scabs once in a while the size of pen tips. Had one roo get his comb caught in a fence and that was a mess.
  3. bigzio

    bigzio Crowing

    Jan 20, 2007
    Yep, I agree that the hens are giving each other a peck to remind everyone who is who in the pecking order. It happens all the time, even when the same hens are together for years. Gotta love those pretty hens. [​IMG]

  4. DDRanch

    DDRanch Songster

    Feb 15, 2008
    Black spots are quite small, and they do not wash off. I looked at the "disease" page for avian pox, and I don't believe it is what I see in the picures. (I hope not anyway)

    Thank you for your responses.
  5. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

    Jun 10, 2007
    Douglasville GA
    Are there spots on the face as well?
    If it is avian pox the faces will be spotted also.
  6. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    it's either peck marks, mites, or Pox..(Dry Pox)..
    apply some antibiotic ointment..
  7. tazcat70

    tazcat70 I must be crazy!

    Why mites? Do they cause black spots too?
  8. Agilityscots

    Agilityscots Songster

    Jun 9, 2007
    Central Ohio
    I'm also interested in the answers to girls have had black spots on their combs for quite some time. Ruby, my BO, has the most noticeable ones. As far as I know they don't come off. My GLW also has them. I haven't noticed any on my Dominiques...maybe the single combs are inviting for pecking??

  9. chickensforever

    chickensforever In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    When my hens had black spots on their combs, I put bag balm on them twice a day and it went away within a two or three days. They can burn themselves on heat lamps, or like it has been said, pecked or poked in some way. Check for loose chicken wire/nails/etc and make sure any heat lamps have something to protect the chickens from actually touching the bulb if they get adventurous and jump.

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