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Frostbite from blizzard

post #1 of 9
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I noticed today that a few of my hens have black tips on their combs. They don't seem bothered by it as of yet. What should i do if anything?
post #2 of 9

To prevent further frostbite, rub their combs with vaseline 

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post #3 of 9

Unless you have very large single combed birds like Leghorn the hens should not get frostbite. Your coop is lacking enough ventilation. In the cold north, a few climate zones colder, only my cock birds get a touch of frost on tips. I raise Plymouth Rocks which is a medium single comb breed. 

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post #4 of 9
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I think its because i dont have a dropping board and they have been stuck in the coop for 3 days straight. I asked my husband to built me one. Its just a tiny bit on the tips. Gonna leave the small door open tonight for more ventilation
post #5 of 9
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What should i do for them? I'm going add vitamins to their water tomorrow. Should I put any type of heat in there for a few hrs? I know heat lamps are bad but i know they need to be somewhat warm with frostbite. I think it will be 35 tonight.
post #6 of 9

They just need a tad more ventilation that's all. A hole saw and drill make short work of it. If a slanted roof then few holes on low end and few on high end under the roof over hangs. If a gable roof then few holes on each overhang end and few on each gable peak ends. Cover holes with hardware cloth. It doesn't take much to add ventilation. 2' hole saws are nice. If you don't ow one then large wood drill bits work too. 

 

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post #7 of 9
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I left the door open that they enter and exit the coop from tonight. I have windows with fans that pull out air on each side of the coop and a large gable vent on the back side and a small one up top on the front. They keep shaking their heads but I'm assuming thats from the frostbite on the combs. Do i do anything for the combs? Also removed their small waterer. They never dump it but i took it out for the night
post #8 of 9

Do the open windows draft on them? There is a reason for the frost bite. I'd look to ending it. A well vented coop does not need fans. it's self vacuum and pumping out via convection. 

 

A small nip of frostbite on tips wont hurt them. There may be some discomfort for few days but it ends and isn't much of a bother. Vasiline is a method to prevent it in first place and only used on the large combed cock birds in the North. It's a loosing battle up here and my boys loose half their tips. Pullets and hens don't even get a nip of it in well ventilated draft free coop.

Everybody talks about the weather, but nobody does anything about it.

 

-Charles Dudley Warner

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post #9 of 9
Thread Starter 
It only really seems to be my orps and welsummer. One of my poor orps already lost half of her comb to a hawk last month sad.png
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