Black stuff on their combs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Triplecross, Oct 28, 2013.

  1. Triplecross

    Triplecross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm guessing this is a fungus or disease of some kind? My 3 Leghorn hens have a little bit of black scab-like stuff on their combs. It's been that way for months. Just yesterday I noticed my EE roos has a lot of black on his otherwise red comb. The 2 EE hens in this flock don't have any black.

    They have all been together since babies in March.

    Will it spread and should I treat it? What is it?
     
  2. ChickenCanoe

    ChickenCanoe Chicken Obsessed

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    A picture would help.
    It could be dried blood from fighting or pecking at each other.
     
  3. Triplecross

    Triplecross Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I googled pics of fowl pox just in curiosity and I don't think it's that. Fowl pox is bumpy and can be on other parts of the chickens face.

    I will try to get a pic of my chickens and put it on here.
     
  4. Hayduke27

    Hayduke27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Some of my chickens have tiny black speckles on their combs. These speckles have not grown in size, and don't seem to really be affecting anything. I figured it was just dirt or dead cells.
     
  5. Eggcessive

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  6. Hayduke27

    Hayduke27 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, the tiny black specks on the combs turned out to be a fungal infection. Nothing changed much until just a few days ago. I noticed more black spots, and then a little bit of white on the combs. Luckily, the links Eggcessive provided showed me what to look for, and I recognized what was going on immediately, and have managed to treat the chickens in need. I am keeping a close eye on them now. Thanks for this thread, without it I wouldn't have picked up on this infection until it was much worse!
     
  7. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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