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Help! Beak black with frostbite - what can I do?

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My lovely Sicilia Buttercup has black around her nostrils and the base of her beak!  Half the beak is affected, and I'm worried sick.  I only have three chickens, and I've brought them inside tonight, and put neosporin on their beaks?  Am I an idiot for doing this?  I can't find anything at all about frostbitten beaks - just wattles, combs and toes.  But I"m terrified she will lose her beak.  I understand the blackened areas signify necrotic tissue.  How will she survive without a beak?

 

I realize I sound hysterical at this point - but I would appreciate any advice or experience anyone can give me.  Thank you!

post #2 of 4

Welcome to BYC. Please try to post a picture or two of the chicken. Are you certain she didn't get something on her beak, or damaged it?

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No, I think I'm just a novice.  My husband pulled up an earlier photo of these hens, and lo and behold, they have black on portions of their beaks!  That's just how they look.  I must have been more worried about the 16 degree temp that I realized.  

 

How did my children survive me as a mom?

 

Thank you so much for responding.  Is it even possible to get frostbite on a beak?

post #4 of 4

Oh, don't worry about it--I'm sure your kids are fine. I've not seen frostbite of the beak, but feet, legs, combs, and wattles seem to get it especially during January and February every year. 

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