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My chickens comb has turned yellow! Frostbite?

post #1 of 7
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I went out to water/feed my chickens this morning and my leghorns top part of his comb (usually red) had turned yellow! He was not like this before and the pics of frostbite I have seen had been black, not yellow... It has gotten into like -5 degrees here so I figure it must have something to do with the cold?

 

If you have any thoughts please let me know what I can do!

post #2 of 7

Frostbite can look like that too. Can you add a heat lamp at least 18 inches from the chickens, or bring them inside to a basement or garage for a few days? Do not handle the comb.  Here are some good articles about frostbite:

http://articles.extension.org/pages/70255/frostbite-in-chickens

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

post #3 of 7

Here are some pics of frostbite below:

 

frostbite2.jpgFrostBiteComb.jpg 


Edited by Eggcessive - 12/17/16 at 10:06am
post #4 of 7
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Thank you! Never had to use heat lamp before but its cold out there this year!

post #5 of 7

18 inches is pretty low for a heat lamp with adult Birds......Mine hangs at 4 feet.......Vaseline on Combs and wattles helps to prevent frost bite.....

 

 

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post #6 of 7

The heat lamps are supposed to be at least 18 inches from the tops of their heads if you reread my post--more is better. Mine hang from a 6 foot height, and are only used when temps are below10 F. I have never found vaseline to be a good preventative.

post #7 of 7

Well, we all try....?

 

I do know what works for my Birds and what works for friends with Birds..........I come from Very Cold temps in Winter........Just trying to help the OP with their Birds.......

 

 

Happy Holidays..;)

 

 

 

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