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Sooty shrinking comb

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

  1. Molnut

    Molnut Out Of The Brooder

    Oct 1, 2015
    Port Angeles, WA
    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?

  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    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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