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tiny black marks on wattle and comb (pics)

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chickinlickin, Sep 20, 2009.

  1. chickinlickin

    chickinlickin Songster

    Apr 29, 2009
    I've noticed these spots a couple weeks ago...individually they are about the size of the head of a pin..

    She is a Delaware pullet about 20 weeks old.

    Here is her head...there are a few on her comb, but more on her wattle


    And here are the spots close up.....


    I don't think they are raised up...just looks like someone drew them on her.

    Should I be worried about them?.....she seems just fine.

  2. Dragonfly Ranch

    Dragonfly Ranch Songster

    May 13, 2009
    Happy Valley, CA
    This has happened to my chickens right around the same age. Asked the same question then and other BYC members said they are bruises and not to worry about them. Within a couple of weeks they went away and have not noticed them again. They should be fine based on my experience.

  3. Emzyyy

    Emzyyy Runs with Deer

    Jul 14, 2008
    Derby Kansas
    My birds get them and they just go away by themselves nothing to worry about. I heard their bug bites but thats just what I heard.
  4. Judy

    Judy Crowing Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Could be avian pox. If so, it will go away in a month or so and is usually nothing serious. Carried by mosquitoes.
  5. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Songster

    Feb 13, 2008
    Northern Maine
    You've got some good answers--- bites, scratches, etc. they're kind of like a scab, and will come and go as they get scratched, bit, etc [​IMG]
    The ones on the wattles especially look like a scratch-- they're almost linear-- like they scratched against some rough wood, fence, ground, grass, brush, etc.

    Last edited: Sep 20, 2009
  6. kellykate

    kellykate Songster

    Feb 26, 2009
    Yarmouth, Maine
    Is she laying? This seemed to happen to all my chickens around the same age and usually around the time they began to lay -- may just be a coincidence?
  7. Whitehouse Quail

    Whitehouse Quail Songster

    Jul 1, 2009
    A couple of my roos have had this before; it just went away

  8. Chickens in Elmwood

    Chickens in Elmwood Songster

    Jul 6, 2009
    Elmwood, WV
    scratches. I don't think it is pox. The girls are probably just getting a little rowdy in the hen house. My White Leghorn had some places like these, and even a perfect "U" shaped black mark on her comb. Turned out to be a peck mark that went away on its own in a week or so.

    BTW, She is one Gorgeous Chickie!
  9. KSAntiquer

    KSAntiquer Hatching

    Apr 19, 2014
    New Orleans, Louisiana
    Thank you all for the great information. Several of my Buff Orpingtons and the Barred Rocks have these marks. I can always count on BYC to help me through the trials and tribulations of my flock!
  10. aldarita

    aldarita Songster

    Aug 2, 2012
    Brenham TX
    I notice these small marks on my roosters combs (they are ameraucanas so their comb is not big) I assume they are mosquitoes bites and they go away after few days.

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