Originally Posted by Bnemi
So everyone seems to have a different opinion on heat vs. no heat in a coop.
I understand dry bedding, a dry coop floor and ventilation. How about preventing frostbite on single combs in cold weather. I need to know because my roosters have black tips after hitting 3degs Fahrenheit this week. I have a 100w light plugged into an outlet in the coop. Would a ceramic panel heater be better. I want to stop this frostbite problem. Any experienced responses are welcome...
Describing your coop's dry bedding, a dry coop floor and ventilation...or better yet pics....might help us help you with a solution.
My coop is pretty dry.....massive ventilation with baffles to keep drafts off roost area, good bedding, closed waterer, frequent poop removal.....
......but you can't get the humidity lower in the coop than outside unless you have full HVAC set up to handle heat and ventilation.
...or unless you have money to literally burn on pumping heat into a ventilated coop.
IMO frostbite is unavoidable, at least in my climate...my roo drags his wattles thru the snow and gets them nipped...SHM.
3rd winter here and have seen various levels of frostbite on both cock/erels and hens/pullets.
Some were minor graying of tissue, some went dead black, some got alarmingly swollen for a few days...but none resulted in infection.
IMO it's best not to even touch it......it's compromised tissue and touching it could very easily make it worse.
Had several birds with frostbit combs and wattles last winter, most were the mild graying of the tissue, some had black necrosis that eventually soughed off. I think the wattles get bit because they drag them thru the snow.
I just keep a watch for swelling that lasts more than a few days or obvious infection.
Woody's wattles were swollen for 2-3 days, then swelling receded and tissue turned black, took a couple months before black tissue came off and pencil thin scars developed, by spring you could hardly tell it had happened.