Help! Chicken comb something wrong!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by arwebb8419, Jan 29, 2017.

  1. arwebb8419

    arwebb8419 Out Of The Brooder

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    Anyone know what is wrong with her comb?? I just noticed it today! Is there anything I can do to help her??
     
  2. VolailleAmant

    VolailleAmant Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is it very cold where you are? I have seen pictures of black spots on the combs of birds, it might be frost bite.
    Hope this is some what helpful!
    -VA
     
  3. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    It looks like a chunk is missing. Possibly a bit of frostbite as well.

    Have you noticed anyone picking at her?

    You can apply some Blu-Kote or pick-no-more to the comb to see if that helps.
     
  4. arwebb8419

    arwebb8419 Out Of The Brooder

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    I haven't noticed any of the others messing with her, I have noticed black spots on the other hens combs and wattle as well? Is it something other than frostbite?
     
  5. Firekin1

    Firekin1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Do you have a rooster?
     
  6. arwebb8419

    arwebb8419 Out Of The Brooder

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    No we don't.
     
  7. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    Looks like mild frostbite to me, possibly accompanied by an injury (caused by another bird pecking; it happens relatively frequently with chickens). I would put some antibiotic ointment on the comb to help prevent infection, but she should be fine.
     
  8. arwebb8419

    arwebb8419 Out Of The Brooder

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    Thank you for the help! Is there a specific kind of antibiotic ointment I should use?
     
  9. Firekin1

    Firekin1 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It does indeed just look like an injury. It's common if you have roosters but if you don't have any then more than likely a scuffle with another hen. There could be a mild case of frostbite. I'm with BantamLover21 on applying the antibiotic to help with healing, gently rubbing it on will also promote blood flow.
     
  10. Oma Char

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    It looks like other chickens are pecking at her comb to me. Perhaps there had been frostbite and then they pecked at her injury?? They do that sort of thing...darn it anyway! I'd put some Peck No More on it or antibiotic of some sort. Poor baby!
     
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