Combs have black spots

amyfitz100

Songster
7 Years
Jul 10, 2013
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What could this be? It's on several of my chickens...
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DeepDishChix

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May 23, 2015
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Your chickens got freeze comb. If you want to protect their combs, put petroleum jelly on their combs each night when they got to roost. Hope this helps!
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Free Spirit

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Oct 21, 2015
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Looks like pecking to me.

Pox could be another possibility but it's not frostbite or else the tips would be dark gray to black as the tips would get frozen first.

My bet is on pecking or dirt.
 

DeepDishChix

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I thought it was freeze comb since my friends chickens (Mine are easter eggers so they dont get freeze comb) had the exact same thing, except it was on the tips too. Sorry, my bad
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amyfitz100

Songster
7 Years
Jul 10, 2013
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South Carolina
Okay, thanks! I didn't think it was frostbite because the roosters have enormous combs and they don't have it. But I AM thankful for the petroleum jelly tip -- I'm sure we will need it!
 

mellissa

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Feb 10, 2015
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Your chickens got freeze comb. If you want to protect their combs, put petroleum jelly on their combs each night when they got to roost. Hope this helps!
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My chooks just started looking the same. I live in tropics it never gets cold.. though I’ve changed there feed which is maybe the issue.
 

mellissa

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Feb 10, 2015
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Hi @mellissa :frow Do you have concerns about your chicken's combs?
If you can post some photos, we will be glad to take a look.
Tell us more about your feed - you changed it?
Hi, I changed feed from Barastoc top layer mash to Laucke MP show breeder mini pellets. I treated with ivermectin yesterday will see if this makes any difference. Egg production is still high. Will get photo. Thanks
 

Ladies-Eight

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Several of my chickens have the dark blue to black spots on their combs. I have not changed their food. In addition, they have white spots as well. I live in Florida where the temperature is usually in the 90's or higher and the humidity is usually in the 90's or 100's. Do I need to worry about this? I tried to scratch it off with my nail, but she did not like it.
 

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