Is this a problem?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by SkyWarrior, Sep 24, 2010.

  1. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    I got four roosters from someone who wasn't willing to feed them during the winter. These birds look healthy, if a bit thin, but I was noticing they all had some black marking on their combs. They were free ranged:


    They're not acting sick and don't appear to have lice or anything.
  2. Barred Babies

    Barred Babies Red Roof Farms

    Sep 20, 2009
    Pride, La.
    Does it look like sores?? My head roo gives my younger one hell. Chases him all over the run until I let them out. I think he's gotten to him a few time cause he's got a few dark places on this comb just like yours. I was thinking they were sores!! At least that's what they look like to me!

  3. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Quote:I know this sounds stupid, but all my other birds don't have sores. Maybe because they don't get free ranged? (we have lots of predators). I also don't have any fighting that I know of, but maybe that's what this is.
  4. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Could it be dry pox? Not that I know anything about it, at all, but I was in a PM exchange a couple of months ago with someone who was treating his flock for it, and he mentioned black specks/spots on the combs.

    (Don't want to scare you, Sky. Just don't want anything bad to miss examination.)
  5. Knock Kneed Hen

    Knock Kneed Hen California Dream'in Chickens

    Feb 15, 2010
    So. Cal.
    They look like sores to me. I have three leghorn hens in my flock and they look like this.
  6. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    It also looks like sores to me. If they gave you 4 roosters it could be from fighting over hens. Just put some good antibiotic ointment on them for a few days and see if it clears up. You might need to separate them if they are fighting.
  7. SilverPhoenix

    SilverPhoenix Bantam Fanatic

    Dec 15, 2009
    Penn Valley, CA
    I don't think it's fowl pox, it just looks like sores to me. The roosters were probably fighting with one another and caused those marks on the combs. They should go away with time, I wouldn't worry!
  8. SkyWarrior

    SkyWarrior Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 2, 2010
    Wilds of Montana
    Quote:I thought of this too, but according to the books I've read, usually the birds act sick as well and are off their feed. These birds are eating like horses and demolished about 10 lbs of layer pellets in the past 24 hours.

    We both transported them in dog crates. Hers was a bit smaller than mine. There was some blood on the feathers, but the former owner claimed it wasn't from them fighting but probably from her loading them up.
  9. jaimslee4u

    jaimslee4u Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 11, 2009
    Easily could have been a peck from another bird... Funny thing it almost looks like frost bite they get in the winter. I would try an antibiotic cream on it.
  10. BigDaddy'sGurl

    BigDaddy'sGurl Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 14, 2010
    Wilkesboro NC
    Those are scabs from another bird pecking/grabbing their comb. Free ranged roosters will fight on, even when they've been together a long time and that is exactly what it looks like. He should heal up nicely with no intervention.

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