Why is my rooster's comb turning black?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Sarahbethk, Feb 5, 2011.

  1. Sarahbethk

    Sarahbethk Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2010
    He's a welsummer and the tips of his comb are turning black?
  2. nivtup

    nivtup Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2008
    Shelton Washington
    Sounds like frostbite.

    Any photos?
  3. ninjascrub69

    ninjascrub69 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 13, 2010
    Bloomingdale, MI
    I agree, it sounds like frostbite.
    Last edited: Feb 5, 2011
  4. Sarahbethk

    Sarahbethk Out Of The Brooder

    Dec 14, 2010
    What can I do about it? They are inside the barn and there is a heating lamp, though they don't use it...
  5. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

    Sounds like frostbite...if it is the tips.

    Check your ventilation. If there isn't a way for the moisture to escape the coop, they can get frostbitten with higher temps.
  6. ThePolishPrincess

    ThePolishPrincess Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ours get that too. Rub some vasaline or Aquaphor on it and it will heal quicker.
  7. Higins00

    Higins00 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Yup, load on the vaseline
  8. puredelite

    puredelite Chillin' With My Peeps

    Not knowing your location but assuming it is in a cold area I also would guess frostbite. My Maran's roo has had the tips of his comb frostbitten this winter and it turned black. Seems like the tips kinda dried up and fell off. On the bright side- next winter he will have a shorter comb and less chance to have frostbite! My Araucana's and EE's don't have a problem due to their short little pea combs.

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