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Dired blood on barred rock combs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by nirvutter, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. nirvutter

    nirvutter Hatching

    Oct 25, 2008
    Colchester CT
    noticed dried blood on barred rock's combs. we have 15 chickens total, 5 barred rocks, 6 RIR, and 4 aruacanas. Barred Rocks are the only ones that have this issue, they apear to be at the top of the peck order. They seem to be in fine health otherwise.

    Any ideas of what could be causing this would be helpful.

  2. Karlachix

    Karlachix Songster

    Apr 21, 2008
    Is it possible that the rooster is "overly fond" of them? I had a chicken with an injured comb and I think it was caused by the rooster biting it.
  3. kinnip

    kinnip Songster

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    My roo will leave scratches on the lady's combs. If someone starts picking at the scab, coat it in something-- I use neosporin first, then Blu-Kote if it looks ugly. The main thing is to obscure the visible redness.
  4. RockyToggRanch

    RockyToggRanch Songster

    May 22, 2008
    Upstate NY
    I have a light brahma roo who seemed to have dried, black looking blood spots on his comb. I wondered what was causing it, until I saw him mount one of the girls and my sumatra rooster grabbed him by the comb until he gave up.
    He's now more careful about which girls he mounts and who may be watching...
  5. nirvutter

    nirvutter Hatching

    Oct 25, 2008
    Colchester CT
    we dont have any roos, all hens
  6. the1much

    the1much Currently Birdless Hippy

    could be almost anything,, run into fence, doorway,, could be another hen stressing she is alpha,,, theres not a thing to worry about,, is like your kids getting a scratch.
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hens fight with each other and grab the combs of the sister they're having the disagreement with. My rooster tries to separate them all the time by walking right in the middle. I have hens with peck marks all the time. It's just the nature of pecking order.

  8. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Quote:Yep. It's all out there and not protected by a feather cuision!

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