Black tipped roo comb....PICS, please help

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cjeanean, Aug 10, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    I went outside to put together a new roost for my chickens, and I noticed that my BR roo has a black tipped comb. I don't know what the heck is going on, since none of the other chickens have this problem. Here are some pics, just wondering if anyone can identify a problem. I read this thread
    and it kinda sounds like what may be going on, but I want to run it by you all first cause I would hate to jump to conclusions just to find out there's really something wrong. Thanks!!!




  2. Ellie_NY_chick

    Ellie_NY_chick Songster

    Jul 1, 2008
    Finger Lakes, NY
    Could he have gotten pecked or injured? Mine have had black marks from that, and they were little scabs.
  3. Missouri chick

    Missouri chick Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Homer, GA
    my roo's comb will go dark like that----sometimes quite a bit of it goes dark, then it'll go normal again. cooler weather or if he is feeling frisky will change the color. It REALLY freaked me out the first time I noticed it. Keep an eye on him.
  4. ruth

    ruth Life is a Journey

    Jul 8, 2007
    Woodville, MS
    Yep, looks like my BR roos' combs which change from one minute to the next. Sometimes whole back half is black. Other times all tips are black. Next minute whole thing is bright red. I'm starting to think it has something to do with when and how often they "do it" which from what I can tell is a million times a day [​IMG]

    If the hens combs turn red based on egg laying (hormonal), I guess a roo's comb turns red based on testosteronal. [​IMG]
  5. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    He has a decent sized comb, could just be his mood and it's effect on blood flow, or someone could have bit it, or he could have bruised it on something when he was pecking around.
  6. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    All right, guys, thanks....I was definately freaked out by it, cause I read that black combs can mean respiratory problems. He's crowing, eating, etc. all normally, but all the sudden I see this. I know I scared the crud out of them while building a roost, and it's been getting pretty chilly at night lately, so I had a feeling that may have something to do with it. I was really worried!!! Thanks, everyone!!
  7. purplepoen

    purplepoen Songster

    Jul 12, 2008
    My BR's do that alot, seems to depend on changes in the weather. If you put some bag balm on it it will go away faster. Also, if you see a cold snap coming in the weather just put some on him before the cool down and it will prevent it. You should rub it in a little, but not much, just be gentle because it's a tender place for a chicken and be generous. You can get bag balm from alot of places, but I get mine and Tractor Supply. It's in the green tin and really inexpesive, in case you're un-familiar with it. It is in the cow section. It's also good to put it on them in the winter once in a while. Only roo's seem to get black comb tips since the blood has to go farther up to get to the tips. I hope this helps!

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