Been busy today despite all of our precautions some of our birds did indeed get some frost bite but with temps below zero and wind chills down to -20 to -30 I'm thinking it may now be because of us? Correct me if I'm wrong. The "cooler" coop has good air flow but isn't draughty and humidity doesn't seem to be a problem but of course this is our first winter and I admit to being a panicky Mommy. I also admit that some of our birds are more prone to frost bite than others and that some of them are also a bit more special to me.
So to recap and ask questions... One of our two favorite silkies crop was not full at bed check she's a small blue splash and she is sweet but flighty we're hoping to remedy this with a little bit of trimming tomorrow. I have seen her eat and drink today so her lack of crop worries me she has always been a bit thinner than our other silkies but like I said is also the second smallest. I think she may be toying with the idea of going broody but I'm not sure since she doesn't seem real dedicated. Two or three times we have found her laying on the run floor six inches away from an egg with her wings out just a bit and slightly flattened out. She then complains slightly when moved from this position. Does this sound normal? If broody why is she missing the egg? Like I said I'm a worried Mommy but I have been making sure each day despite the cold that I see all the "littles" eating and drinking. She hasn't missed a day of either. Any help would be appreciated I'm quite attached to her and she's stunning I don't want to risk losing her.
Next we have our two oegb roos who are dealing with what seems to be bad frost bite to me. Nugget has dark tips on his comb and Mickey has some that have turned white and some dark tips his also looks swollen and squishy under where he was injured in pecking order disputes after introduction to the flock last week. We have been applying Vaseline and or neosporin without pain killer once or twice a day but both boys have a lady friend who helpfully cleans the goop off. I wish I could explain that it is necessary of course I can't but I'm not sure what else I can do. I would love to bring them in the house but they hate each other and Mickey's sister would be lost without him. Plus we have five indoor cats. Will they lose their combs? Is Mickey's worse BC of the previous injuries? Is there anything else I can do? Do I need to worry about infection?
...sorry I know its a lot I just really trust and value your opinions and I'm afraid for my birds and afraid that my newbie screw-uos could seriously hurt or kill one of them BC of inexperience. Thanks guys I know you'll be patient and help me.