Chicken comb problem

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by BirdWhisperer28, Feb 10, 2015.

  1. BirdWhisperer28

    BirdWhisperer28 Out Of The Brooder

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    hi guys my chicken have this comb thing going on its comb has become partially black and deformed what do i do help
     
  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    sounds like frost bite - he will lose the blackened areas. Is he in obvious pain?
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    Can you upload a pic? Generally this time of year, if you live in a cold climate, black on the comb is frost bite. The black parts will eventually fall off. But you will need to put something like bagbalm on the comb to help protect the skin from further damage and from infection. Frost bite is very painful. Also, add more venting to your eaves. No matter how cold it is, venting is important for removing the moisture from all the pooping and the breathing. If you don't have enough venting, the moisture will fall back down on the birds as water or frost, causing frost bite. 3/4 to 1 square foot of vent space per bird, half of this venting on one side of the coop, the other opposing on the other side. One side higher than the other. Don't let your birds roost in the rafters, but closer to the floor out of the moist air.

    All this being said, if you can get a pic up here we can make a good diagnosis. :)
     
  4. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator Staff Member

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    Hi :welcome

    Sorry to hear you have an unwell chicken. X3 on it sounding like frostbite. Great advice there for you from TwoCrows about more ventilation. Here is a nice article on frostbite https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/frostbite Hope you find it as usefull as I did.

    Good luck and hope your chicken is on the mend soon :frow
     
  5. BirdWhisperer28

    BirdWhisperer28 Out Of The Brooder

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    thanks for the fast response and i might be able to send a picture tomorrow or something
     
  6. BirdWhisperer28

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    Here is a quick illustration as to what the comb looks like... the chicken was growing the comb when it happened
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    A pic will definitely help. Other reasons a comb can have black on it is from pecking from the other chickens. The black is actually dried blood.

    Go ahead and post a pic when you can. :)
     
  8. sunflour

    sunflour Flock Master Premium Member

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    [​IMG] Sorry you are having a problem. Please do post a picture, also consider posting pic and issue under emergencies to get more input.
     
  9. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]I'm glad you joined us.

    I'm sorry to hear about your rooster's comb. He may have frostbite, or the comb may have been injured and the black is dried blood.
     
  10. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Hope your rooster is OK.
     

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