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What is wrong with his comb? PIC HEAVY!!! Update post #10

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cjeanean, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    I went outside today and noticed that my roo dropped one of the points of his comb, and now the other points look like this. What is wrong??? here's a pic of the other roo in there with him, a BO, and his comb is a little dark on the tips. Also, one of my Australorps has a bald spot on her face above her eye, but I think that may be because they're all molting....Does ANYONE know what the problem is?!?!!?! They're all healthy, crowing, clucking, and I saw them mate today. Just no eggs cause of the molt....thanks!!!




    BO roo....

    Black Australorp, bald spot above her eye...
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2008

  2. Just-Like-Hatching

    Just-Like-Hatching Songster

    Mar 23, 2008
    Dothan, AL
    Looks like frostbite.
  3. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    There's no way it can be frostbite!!!! That's what I thought, too....but it's only gotten below freezing once or twice, and this started a good three weeks before that.....It just hasn't been this bad till now...I'm wondering if one of the other chickens is pulling his comb, but I wanna make sure this isn't a disease....
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2008
  4. Tuffoldhen

    Tuffoldhen Flock Mistress

    Jan 30, 2007
    Does look like frostbite. It only takes one time for a frostbite to happen. They may have gotten a drink of water before bed, making their comb wet and it happens. Roosters don't hide their heads and combs like hens do sometimes to keep them warm.

    Hens bald spot looks like where the rooster has pulled out some feathers.
  5. gumpsgirl

    gumpsgirl Crowing Premium Member

    Mar 25, 2008
    As soon as I saw it my thoughts were frostbite too. I really don't know what else it could be. It shows all the signs of being frostbite. Maybe it got colder than you thought one night.
  6. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Songster

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    It looks like frostbite. It also looks like they could be pecking each other. Some of my cockerels had tiny blood spots on them that looked like that, from yanking on each others combs.

  7. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

    Apr 21, 2008
    West Michigan
    I was thinking frostbite, too. Where do they sleep?

  8. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    If not frostbite, then by any chance do you run a heat lamp that he might have gotten burned against? Peoples' chickens do seem to do it on a regular basis, judging by posts here. Of course if you have no lamp in the coop then ignore me [​IMG]

    Good luck,

  9. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    I don't have a heat lamp out there, and the coldest it's gotten when he started showing signs of this is 42 F. The past two weeks or so it's gotten right about 32 at night, but he's in a coop with 40+ other chickens, and their water hasn't even frozen yet. I know it looks like frostbite, but how the heck could he have gotten it??? That hen is the only one with the bald spot, and I watched the BR in the other photos mate her while I was taking pics of his comb, so I guess it is possible he pulled some feathers out around her face. I don't know what's causing this, but I DO know he has already lost one point off his comb and it looks like he's gonna lose the rest of them....the NPIP guy is coming tomorrow morning, but I'm impatient to find out....
  10. cjeanean

    cjeanean Can't Decide

    Mar 5, 2008
    Well, for those of you who are curious, the state vet who came out today said that the black comb looks like frostbite....he said that it's possible he may just have a low cold tolerance or ended up roosting in the wrong spot one night...I still don't know how it's possible, but he wasn't worried about it, so I guess I'm not either....Thanks, everyone!!!

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