Dark spots on BO's comb-what are they? PIX

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by bawkbawkbawk, Dec 29, 2009.

  1. I'm super nervous since I lost one of my four girls on Christmas Day. I've noticed some dark spots on the BO's comb that I can't identify. They don't look like scabs - just darkened tissue. Is it frostbite? It has been cold here but it's still Southern California so I didn't think that it was possible for them to get frostbitten.

    She is acting completely healthy. My other two, an EE and a Light Brahma, do not have these spots on their combs.

    Am I over-reacting?

    Here are pix:



    It doesn't look so bad from further away:


    Full body pix so you can see how plump and healthy she is:


  2. greenfamilyfarms

    greenfamilyfarms Big Pippin'

    Feb 27, 2008
    Elizabethtown, NC
    No, it's not frostbite. It looks like a wound of some sort... maybe from your rooster mating with her or from a minor squabble with another hen. Frostbite normally is found on the tips of the comb and turns it dark, but doesn't look like a scab. Does that make sense?
  3. davidb

    davidb Songster

    Dec 15, 2008
    north east Georgia
    If it has frosted there they could have frostbite, looks more like hes been in a peck fight to me
  4. chickenwhisperer123

    chickenwhisperer123 Whispers Loudly

    Mar 7, 2009
    Lincoln, Nebraska
    Frostbite is usually on the tips of the comb. Looks like dried blood. Nothing to worry about. [​IMG]

  5. Whew. Thank you so much.

    We don't have a rooster. But I have noticed her being more aggressive with my EE since we lost our Delaware. Maybe the others are fighting back...

    I love my chickens so much and now that I've lost one I'm in a complete tizzy about something happening to the others. [​IMG]
  6. OhMyItsAndyy

    OhMyItsAndyy Songster

    Dec 22, 2009
    West England
    I'm sorry about your hen, it always hurts to lose a baby girl like that. But don't worry about the other's, they're probably just a little unsettled about it themselves. I'm sure they'll calm down again soon enough x

    Oh, she's a gorgeous hen by the way =]
    Last edited: Dec 30, 2009
  7. purpledonna

    purpledonna Songster

    Nov 7, 2009
    Adelaide, AUSTRALIA
    Sounds like good news!
    She is a beautiful colour! I really like it!

  8. jerseygirl1

    jerseygirl1 Crowing

    Jun 20, 2009
    Orange County, NY
    She's a pretty girl
  9. Peeper7

    Peeper7 Songster

    Apr 2, 2009
    Northeast Ohio
    I see those "spots" frequently on my chickens -- lots of them. Sometimes it seems to be dirt. My chickens are healthy and laying like crazy in sub-freezing temps.
    Frost bite completely kills the tissue starting with the tips of the comb. It is doubtful you will ever have to worry about frostbite in that climate.... I lived there and yes, it got cold, but probably not that cold compared to NE Ohio.

    BTW your chicken is quite beautiful! Great pics too

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