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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by FromChictoChick, Dec 13, 2012.
Normal or not?
If not, what do I need to do?
I adopted this hen recently
Hard to tell from the pic but they look like that if they get pecked by another bird or could it be frostbite?
It's not frostbite - that would be on the tips. It could be from other chickens pecking at her or it could be avian pox. Either way, it doesn't look too serious.
Good luck with her!
She seems bright and alert, fits in well with my small flock and lays as regular as can be. .. Maybe she was picked on previously
What would be the case if it were avian pox?
Avain pox is transmitted by mosquitos. The dry pox, which looks like dry black scabs on the combs and wattles, will heal over a few days and drop off. Your girl should be fine, if that is what it is.
I would'nt worry about it. it looks like nothing serious.
My roosters' comb looked just like that and it was from being pecked! It disappears after a while when there is no fighting!
My hen got a scratch on her comb and when it scabbed over it looked black! so it could just be pecked.
My hens occasionally have the same marks on their combs from the rooster's mating antics as well as being pecked by fellow hens. It is normal in my opinion.
if its not frostbite it must be due to pecking. I like to put a layer if Vaseline on scabs that occur on the comb or wattle.