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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by AtRendeAcres, Feb 6, 2008.
The tips of my cochin bantam roo getting black spots!!!
what is this?
what do I do?
I would be interested in the answer to that question as well. I have one hen that I noticed a couple teeny black spots on her comb the other day too. Anyone know what these are? Thanks for asking RChicks.
Sounds like frostbite. I don't think there is much you can do about it at this point. Some folk use vasaline or something similar - bagbalm - to prevent it happening.
Sounds like frostbite to me too. My rooster had these and eventually the black tips just fell off. You can try avoiding it by putting vaseline on the comb, but they won't go back to normal.
Thank you Jared & Wildfrys! Makes me feel guilty that I haven't done the vasoline thing already! It will be really warm the rest of this week, nearly 80 tommorrow so the next cold snap I will definately do that, thanks for the info.
Quote:Some folks don't think it really works - I am kinda in that group - I think the trick is to keep the humidity in the coop down to a min, no moisture, no freeze - the combs might still get some frostbite.....
I've not doen anything for my roo - his comb looks a little worse for wear - but not too bad, and we've been down below zero in the coop.
In 22 years of living in North Carolina, Fayetteville specifically, I can never remember a zero degree day! The coldest we have evenhad this year has been about 20 and tht was only a day or two and my chickens are closed in upstairs in their A frame with red lizard lights at night...the water upstairs is never frozen either so I know they are snug. I am surprised about the frostbite but anythignis possible and I will take better care if we ever have another cold day here!! Thanks Wildfly
Yeah - my roo is doing pretty good for such cold. His comb is more white on the tips than black, but it does look like some pepper sprinkled on there...
I posted this same question on another forum just a short time ago. And then I came here and read a lot more info on this.
I'm of the belief due to the answers I got that it's because of pecking. I have no idea why it turns black and doesn't bleed or look crusty, but even my one SLW has this and she barely has a comb. Her black spots do look different than that of my avatar hen's.... but on the other hand, I have one hen without a single mark! Why would four birds have frostbite and not one, because the one without the black spots is the tough girl. At least IMO.
At least that's what I'm hoping and it is and not pox or something.
Although it has been quite cold here at times if the ground is frozen or covered in snow I leave them in coop! I figure why open door & let cold in!!!
I also put balm on combs!
So, I guess pecking would make more sense! I just wanted to make sure it wasn't a disease or something!
Thanks for everyones imput