Frostbite on Rooster's Wattles? - Page 2
Oh my! That's sounds awful
This is my first time having chickens, so I am learning as I go. This site has been an awesome source of info. My birds are all supposed to be cold hardy breeds, but I guess these temps are just too frigid for them. I feel bad for my birds, but long ago people kept chickens without heated coops and they survived just fine.
The blackened parts will dry up and fall off on their own, so next winter their comb and wattles will be a little smaller and hopefully the frostbite will not be as severe as this winter. Chickens restrict blood flow to the comb and wattles to conserve body heat, so the tissue freezes and becomes necrotic (black), and will dry out and fall off.
I'm glad to see this thread as I was going to hop on and start a thread about the exact same thing. We're in MO and it was -8 this morning, I think we're up to a balmy 6 degrees. I don't have a roo but I have a RIR hen with a comb that would give a leghorn a run for it's money. Frostbitten this morning as well. We've got ventilation and a dry coop
I brought her into my basement in a dog kennel and am planning to leave her there for a day or so to get a handle on how this is going to look before I put her back out. I used vaseline after the fact but not before. I'll be getting some bag balm later today as I think it may be somewhat better.
I worry about having her in the house and then putting her back out the weather is back into the 20's tomorrow and 40's later this week.
Sorry for hopping on your thread but it sounded like we were all in the same boat. Here is a (admittedly kinda cruddy) picture of Waffles in the run this morning and now in my basement.
Edited by High Prairie - 12/18/16 at 9:30am