What is this on my hens comb?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Agdketo, Sep 27, 2011.

  1. Agdketo

    Agdketo Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2009
    Aledo, Illinois
    Okay, so one of my hens has something on her comb. I'm not quite sure what it is, but my first guess would have to be frostbite. The only problem with that is, it hasn't been cold enough for her to bet frostbite, and none of my other chickens have this on their combs either. Does anyone have a good idea as to what it may be? I don't know what type of chicken this is, it was one of my aunts chickens. I do know that it is a meat bird. I have three pictures, that I took this morning on my phone. I first noticed it about two weeks ago, and i figured it was from the rooster. It wasn't nearly as bad is it now. It's only on the left side of her comb. That's about all the information I can give you.



  2. silky_3699

    silky_3699 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 15, 2011
    My Own Realm!!!
    maybe one of the other hens attacked her, thats what it looks like to me.
    often, if a hen of lower range of the pecking has just a single worm the
    other hens will, put her back in place and sometimes it can very brutan and
    then in other situations she may become of higher rank. but to me it looks
    like she has been attacked, or even she could have hurt herself. or she
    could had have a bug or something that she might have disturbed did this.
    but i still come back to the attack of another hen. ahhh. so many different
    situations. someone else can be of more help.
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2011
  3. Agdketo

    Agdketo Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2009
    Aledo, Illinois
    It does seem like she's an outcast. She doesn't roost with the other hens, and she's always by herself. I feel bad for her, but there's not much I can do. Most of my other hens are RIR. In total I have 6 hens and 2 roosters. (the 2 roosters was an accident) I also have 3 geese, and 5 ducks in the run with the chickens.
  4. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    It does look like she got into a squabble with somebody. Can you keep her separate for a few days? The other guys will pick on her wound. Maybe some Bluekote will help to make them leave it alone.
  5. Agdketo

    Agdketo Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 14, 2009
    Aledo, Illinois
    Yeah, I can seperate her for a few days. I'll see if our local farm store has some bluekote. I've never heard of it before, but I imagine I'll have to go to farm and fleet or farm king to see if they have any.
  6. Animalian

    Animalian Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 18, 2011
    I have heard of people using blue food dye mixed with water soluble tea tree oil as a blue kote substitute. It's antiseptic and get's rid of the blood/injured colour
  7. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    It looks like the roosters got her tore up abit. It's recommended 1 rooster per 10 hens. She could still be a favorite for the one rooster though. Blu-Kote or Blue Lotion as stated by the others will treat the injury and will help prevent picking.
  8. tdgill

    tdgill Overrun With Chickens

    does blue kote have antiseptic in it? was wondering if a little cleansing and some neosporin might be worthwhile? I treated my first injury the other day with a homemade saline solution and used a contact lense squirt bottle to apply the rinse. Was a great bottle to use with the small stream of water, was able to rinse out the deep puncture wound real good and applied neosporin. Healed up nice. Luckily his boo boo was hidden by feathers so there was no picking at it. I do want to get some blue kote as well for tempting boo boos. Separating the girl might make her more of an outcast tho and harder to reintroduce?
  9. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Yes, Blukote will kill germs -- it's germicidal and fungicidal. Yes, Neosporin is usually beneficial for any open wound. BlkuKote may or may not not kill germs as well but often prevents others from pecking a wound. This way the chicken can stay with the flock so you won't have reintroduction problems.
  10. neosporine it.

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