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Comb Bleeding/Black Spots...not frostbite I dont think??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by backyarder717, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. backyarder717

    backyarder717 In the Brooder

    Nov 15, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    Our rooster has had these "black circles" on his comb since we got him....about two months....this morning when I went out it was bleeding and the hens were picking at it!! I pulled him out and put vaseline on it....however I dont think it is frostbite as it is not the tips of the comb that are black....they are circles on the meat of the comb down low?? What is it?? any one know??? Could frostbite be down on the meat and not the tips?? and be a circle??



  2. hrdwrkgrl

    hrdwrkgrl In the Brooder

    Dec 15, 2008
    aww.. poor fella.. I have no idea... (new myself). Best of luck. xox
  3. They look like scabs to me. Don`t worry about it..........Pop
  4. azygous

    azygous Free Ranging

    Dec 11, 2009
    Colorado Rockies
    Before you get all worried, take your roo inside to the kitchen sink, and take a soft toothbrush and gently scrub his comb with warm sudsy water. I have a hunch that a lot of what you see may be simply dirt. Whatever remains should give you a better clue as to what the condition of his comb actually is.

    As for the hens pecking his comb, that seems to be the great equalizer. Pecking his comb is how they keep him in line.

    If the hens are unmercifully damaging his comb and refuse to give him a break, try my homemade concoction to repel picking. Mix two tablespoons Vick's Vapo-rub with a packet of grape flavored kool-aid and smooth it onto his comb. The turpentine oil and the artificial grape flavor (unlike regular fresh grapes) will act as a repellent to birds - grape is their red hot pepper.

    It also works great to stop picking on feathered areas, but I've found it's disgustingly greasy and won't easily wash out of feathers.
  5. Darwin

    Darwin In the Brooder

    Aug 14, 2009
    Delaware County Ohio
    I don't believe that is frost bite. However as far as the bleeding goes my rooster was having a simular problem and the hens were showing him no mercy. I went out at night while he was on roost with some corn starch. I packed the bleeding area of his comb really well with the corn starch. That will stop the bleeding and the girls have left him alone ever since.
  6. backyarder717

    backyarder717 In the Brooder

    Nov 15, 2009
    Jamestown, NY
    Thanks guys for all the input....i like the vapor rub idea too!

    any others?

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