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Frigid temps causing feet to turn purple

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My speckled Sussex is experiencing her first winter, She in the only one with pale feet. Her feet today are purple, I am very concern about this. Its 19 degrees and frigid wind. She and the others are mainly staying in the coop with a lot of bedding. I do have the coop door open so that they can go in the run. Anyone experienced this?

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Are you able to post a picture?

"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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"When raising chickens you must think like a chicken...NOT like a human!"

http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/how-to-prepare-for-emergencies-diseases-injuries-before-they-happen 

 

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Make sure that your chickens feet don't get wet, or that they don't sleep on anything metal. Frost bite occurs easily with freezing temperatures. Here are a couple of threads about frostbite in chicken's feet with pictures:  

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/860398/frostbite-on-foot

http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/12/frostbit-in-backyard-chickens-causes.html

 

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photo of frostbite on toes by Looney Gooney--The black parts will probably fall off

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I'll try to get pictures tomorrow. She just kept lift one foot at a time. I added a lot of shavings and closed off there coop early since no one wanted to venture out. It did look like poor circulation is happening to her feet.
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