Black spots on pullets' combs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SunshineMary, Dec 31, 2016.

  1. SunshineMary

    SunshineMary Out Of The Brooder

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    My nine-month old pullets have suddenly got black spots on their combs. I'm wondering if anyone knows what these are. Is it frostbite?

    We live in Michigan and have a 10 x 10 coop and 10x10 covered run for nine chickens. The temperatures have been in the 20s at night lately. Previously we had temperatures around 0° and I didn't notice these black spots at that time.

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    Otherwise they look healthy and are acting normal. They aren't usually aggressive with each other, but since we have been keeping them confined to their coop and run lately after a hawk attack, I have noticed a little bit of scuttling and chest bumping here and there among them. I have not seen any pecking behaviors.

    We checked their vent area and I could not detect anything that looked like mites or lice.
     
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  2. MasterOfClucker

    MasterOfClucker Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Looks like pecking sores.
     
  3. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Those look for the most part like pecking scabs.

    On the comb of the last pullets pictured, they may be something else. I cannot tell you the name of it because I don't know, although I've had these mysterious black dots show up on rooster combs in my flock over the years. It is not fowl pox.

    I do know they are harmless, and after I paint Blu-kote on them, they quickly disappear.
     
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