Sooty shrinking comb

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Molnut, May 25, 2016.

  1. Molnut

    Molnut Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My hens are on pasture all day and locked up at night. They "dust bath" in hole they dig and roll in loose dirt.

    I am mentioning this as I noticed that some hens' combs seem soiled with some kind of blackish soot. Their combs seem to be shrinking as well. I tried to rub it off without luck. Maybe I should try to scrub it. Before I stress out everybody (me included), I would be grateful for some feedback.

    Any idea what this could be?
    Should I give them dust bath areas as well even thought they seem to handle this naturally?

    Thanks
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    Can you post some photos?
    Some people do create a dust bathing area, but that is no guarantee that they will use it especially if they already have a favorite spot.
     

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