Black spots on my hens combs.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by mommystayshome, Jan 21, 2009.

  1. mommystayshome

    mommystayshome Out Of The Brooder

    Aug 13, 2008
    All three of my hens all of the sudden have black spots on their combs. They have no other symptoms of anything else and it hasen't even gotte below 40 degrees here at night. What is the black stuff on their combs?
  2. Chef

    Chef Chicken Connoisseur

    Dec 16, 2008
    My roo gets that too, but it seems as though its just little scabs that come and go. If you scatch them off the comb it bleeds just like a scab. So I just leave them and they disappear. Not sure the exact reason though. [​IMG]

  3. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have found it to be one of 2 things, fowl pox, or just being peck at by one another.

    I watch my hens pick at eachother when they are in the nesting boxes.
  4. Indiana hens

    Indiana hens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 25, 2008
    Pendleton, Indiana
    My thought would be fowl pox. There has been an increase in the infliction. It is rare for it to be fatal. used to have the vaccine for anyone that is interested.
  5. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I think but not for sure, once they get they can not get it again.
  6. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
    My hens get the small flat black spots from time to time. My roo gets them more often, obviously because his comb is larger and more apt to be hit or pecked. I'm talking about small, black spots. When I asked about them on the forum many moons ago, I was told they were normal. They disappear and new ones appear from time to time.
    If you google fowl pox, you will see that it looks very different from what I've just described. Fowl pox are raised, look pus-filled and have a scab appearence to them.
  7. HorseFeathers

    HorseFeathers Frazzled

    Apr 2, 2008
    Southern Maine
    Yes, our birds have normal little black spots. I think it's OK, I agree with gritsar.

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