Blackened Combs on Rhode Island Red Roosters

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Rocky Red, Jan 25, 2010.

  1. Rocky Red

    Rocky Red New Egg

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    Several of our Rhode Island Red Roosters have pretty severe blackening on their combs. On a few it is just the top points, but one has the entire top half of his comb solid black. Is this from cold weather or does it come from disease? This is their only symptom. They are eating well, moving well and are full of energy.
     
  2. Cheltenham Chicken

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    Hi one of my hybrid rhodies got a black comb, its frostbite, and the best way of treating it is calandula cream rubbed on the comb.
    I started doing this as soon as I saw the comb had gone black, and now its almost gone. It will depend on how long your birds combs have been black I expect. If its gone too far they will loose the comb eventually. [​IMG]. Hope its not too late.
     
  3. Turkenlover

    Turkenlover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It's probably frostbite. I have two hens that have lost a few points. I was not familiar with the calendula lotion. I will definately try that!
     
  4. Rocky Red

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    I was afraid it might be frostbite. If they loose their combs, will they grow back? Will is cause any future problems?
     
  5. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use balm bag and neosporin on the girls to try and prevent it... it seems to work a bit, they like it too, i feel like they think its like a facial [​IMG]
     
  6. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No the comb will not grow back (they ain't salamanders! lol). It will not hurt them that it is gone.

    To prevent frostbite you can dub the comb. It's fast and effective. saladin
     
  7. Rocky Red

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    How do you (what do you mean by) dubbing the comb [​IMG]
     
  8. saladin

    saladin Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Dub: means to trim. It is an extremely old farm and cocking practise. Very easy to do and helps prevent frostbite. saladin
     

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