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Silkie Roo Frostbitten Comb - PLEASE HELP!!

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I just went out to feed and check all of my chickens.  I found my silkie rooster with a black hard comb.  I check on my chickens everyday but because his comb was very dark to begin with I never noticed any issues.  His comb is virtually black anyway, but what drew my attention to it today was that it just looked "off".  I picked him up and that is when I noticed that it is really hard on the top 1/3.  His waddles and feet all look good.  But the comb I am concerned with.  I have been applying vaseline to try to prevent frostbite, and the coops I keep as dry and well ventilated as I can.  At this point unfortunately it appears that my efforts have failed.  I want to know if there is anything that I can do to save his comb or will it end up falling off?  Or even more frightening, do I have to worry about infection killing him?!!!

Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

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Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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post #2 of 4

Put Coconut oil on his comb that stops frost bite 

Could you post a picture that would really help

I had a bantam roo he lost the top part of his comb cause I couldn't catch him to put coconut oil on his comb.

Now he looks dubbed 

But if you can catch it soon than there is a chance his comb will stay beautiful

Please post a picture

post #3 of 4

Frostbite is very common in roosters, and usually the comb will become more rounded off where the frostbitten area is. Sometimes it may not be as serious as first thought, but it also can be worse. The use of iodine, Vetericyn wound spray, or plain Neosporin ointment are good for treatment. Here are good links about frostbite:

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

http://www.tillysnest.com/2013/01/frostbite-and-backyard-chickens-html/

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Thank you both.  I will attempt to get a picture tomorrow.  The coloring is not far off of what his comb normally looks like.  He's a white silkie roo and his comb was that blackish-red color that is often seen (I fell in love with him because of the coloring of the comb actually).  I think the reason I did not notice it sooner is that the color is still pretty much the same.  I just noticed it because it did not look "flexible", I guess.  It is now very dry and very, very hard.  I could not move it or bend it on the top part of it.  I am just assuming that it is frostbite and it has gotten to the point where the flesh is dead.  

 

I am relieved to hear that it is common and usually does not cause much more than loss of the comb.  He's only about a year old and he's doing a great job of "knocking up" my girls!  LOL!!!

Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
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Some days you just have to put on the hat and remind them who they are dealing with. Release the flying monkies!

~Miracles DO happen!~

~Life is not disposable.~


~You do the best you can with the information you have at the time. When you know better, you do better.~
Reply
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