Has anyone else seen this?
Our flocks feeder was covered with bright red splatter when I went outside today to let the hens out. The wildbirds eat the grain and are always in the coop. Could it be from them?
Thats what happened to me!! We figured out it was cold and frosty and their combs were sticking to the feeder!! Ours was a metal waterer... I wrapped the feeder with hand towels and duck tape and it worked!! Kinda like sticking your tongue to a metal sled or a flag pole!! LOL! Let me know... Jen
It's blood from combs that froze and cracked or got broken while frozen, then when the comb thaws again it bleeds. I had a little bit of that with my single combed chickens this year. I had no troubles with pea combs and cushion combs.
This happened to me when the weather first turned bitter cold. I had noticed the tiny black spots on the combs of a few. I first noticed the blood in one of my nesting boxes and then saw the waterer. Took a few days for the bleeding hen to recover.
It has happened one time since and is as startling the second time.
Also, if your chickens are bickering over the feeder they will peck each others' combs. The comb bleeds and smears on the feeder. If it's a problem put in two feeders so they can eat---but get away from the boss or a bully.