HELP our girls comb is turning black

Rileigh4

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This morning we discovered our fave lady Butters comb is turning black! Ive looked through some threads on here and nothing fits. The weather has been staying above 70's so its not frostbite. The girls dont have access to any ash. It also dosent look like dried blood to me however Im fairly new to the chicken world. She looks like she also has a new injury on the side of her head perhaps a pecking wound. Im a wreck. Any help would be appreciated!! Ive added a few photos. Thanks all
 

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coach723

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Can't see real well in the pictures but it appears to be pecking wounds. She may be getting picked on. Sometimes it happens on the roosts as they battle for their favorite spot at roosting time. You can put a bit of plain neosporin on it. I would do some observing to see what's going on, and make sure she's acting normally otherwise. A sick chicken can be very subtle but the others will know and it can draw attacks. But she may just be low in the pecking order. Also could have been some kind of injury from getting the comb caught on something and the blood drew pecking. Blu-kote sometimes helps deter pecking, but it stains so be careful and do it outside, if she shakes her head it will go everywhere.
 

Chickenlover0810

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Can't see real well in the pictures but it appears to be pecking wounds. She may be getting picked on. Sometimes it happens on the roosts as they battle for their favorite spot at roosting time. You can put a bit of plain neosporin on it. I would do some observing to see what's going on, and make sure she's acting normally otherwise. A sick chicken can be very subtle but the others will know and it can draw attacks. But she may just be low in the pecking order. Also could have been some kind of injury from getting the comb caught on something and the blood drew pecking. Blu-kote sometimes helps deter pecking, but it stains so be careful and do it outside, if she shakes her head it will go everywhere.
ya it is probably dry blood or a scab. so dont worry to much:thumbsup
 

Shadrach

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They look like peck marks to me. Interesting they are on one side only.
Does she roost next to the same hen each night?
I use Betadine Gel for minor peck wounds such as those.
For more serious comb wounds I clean and disinfect and then coat with pine tar which helps to discourage further pecking.
 

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