I just read about your birds. I'm so sorry.
I know my birds wattles aren't bad, just wondering if I could prevent it. Nipple waterers must require heat tape or something to stay thawed, which I can't do. Each watt I use translates directly into gasoline for the generator in the winter when furnace is running and we have fewer daylight hours to charge the batteries. I currently use 1 gallon heated dog bowl that uses 25 watts. I guess I'll just have to choose breeds with smaller wattles. I've already placed my spring chick order and I can't change it now. We'll see how the black copper marans, Easter Eggers, barnevelders, welsummers, and red stars do. My rock's combs have been fine. Nobody has foot problems, thank goodness.
Good luck with the rest of your flock- I hope they heal ok. :-/
Yeah, the nipples and cups don't do well with the cold at all. Wasn't sure if you had the means or not. I think you'll be surprised that that particular bird will heal up to a point where you'd never know it was burnt. If I had been home, I would have used some vaseline on the guys. :(
Easter eggers should do fine... mine don't have any signs of frostbite anywhere. :)
The others will need watching. Truthfully, my orpingtons and Dorkings took the biggest hits on the combs and wattles. Any with pea/rose combs will do well in the cold. Chanteclers too. :) I think that if you can keep the coop dry, you shouldn't have too much trouble with frostbite. I use the heated dog dishes, and they don't dip their wattles much at all, though others have said they had a problem with it. If it's really cold, wattles can stick to the galvanized founts. :(