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Help! Bloody Chicken Comb!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by RedBreasted, Feb 10, 2016.

  1. RedBreasted

    RedBreasted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So yesterday, I haven't seen any blood but today when I got back from school, one of my chicken (Buff Orpington) have red near the back of the comb and the back of the comb is a lot of black spots. I tried to grab her to put ointment like petroleum jelly but she wouldn't let one finger of mine on her. I have 2 other chickens, Brown Leghorn and Rhode Island Red. I don't know if there is a nail sticking out in the coop that might stab her, an extra piece of wood, or what! I'm scared right now. Why can I do?

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  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Sorry to hear about your pretty Buff Orp!

    The black spots usually indicate frostbite which is common for this time of year. Here is an article about frostbite and how to treat it. https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/frostbite

    What I would recommend (and you will have to catch and touch her in order to do this) is: rub some cornstarch on her comb only if it is bleeding profusely and won't stop. Otherwise, use a washcloth with warm water to wash the dried blood off and then apply either coconut oil or Vaseline. If the other chickens are pecking at her, then you'll need to keep her confined and separated until her comb has healed.
     
  3. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It looks like one of her chicken mates bit her I have had this before. It is when the hens fight each other
    The black spots are usually dried blood if you want to heal her up fast put raw honey on her it will heal soon but you need to separate her, cause when chickens see blood they attack
     
  4. RedBreasted

    RedBreasted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the info. I have a small to medium size coop which fit for them and I think is the little holes in the coop. Here in Idaho, the degrees are 20-40 F degrees. But how can I catch her? She won't let me lay a finger on her.
     
  5. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You can catch her at night unless she roosts in the trees
     
  6. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    a fishing net works or if you can corner her they don't know how to turn around so easier to catch
     
  7. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If she has frost bite coconut oil is the best thing to put on her comb
    They also love to eat it lol
     
  8. RedBreasted

    RedBreasted Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a roosting bar inside the coop but only the big hens like my Leghorn and RIR can go up and not let her up. Here is another page on BackYard Chickens to see my coop. Tell me if it's good or should I upgrade in the summer or mid-spring. I live in an urban area. BTW I also have petroleum jelly and thankfully,is not infected. She doesn't have the lifelessness or other bad symptoms of frostbite but I think is a mixture of mild frostbite and other chickens pecking. I had my Leghorn 2 years ago with mild frostbite but it didn't bleed, just a small black dot. Raising chickens are one of the toughest job to do. Also, aren't sharks smells blood they go crazy and attack and so is it the same with chickens but with they see it? https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/custom-made-chicken-paradise-coop
     
  9. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    I would go out at night. Chickens are defenseless in the dark.
     
  10. chicklover 1998

    chicklover 1998 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    yes the blood thing is true with chickens it's like a bullseye to them "come peck me"
     

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