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can a rooster get frostbite on their comb ?

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I've noticed today that 2 of my roosters head (comb) color is different, like dark purplish.  Now that does mean a frostbite ?  Out here in NJ, it's pretty cold, at nights it can get down to 10's degrees.  They have 7x7 chicken shed with 2 big heated lights.  We are in the process of building them a new coop at a different location in our backyard.  But in the meanwhile, do you think their cold ?

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roosters with large combs can get frostbite
i live in canada and it is cold now
any pens with roosters with combs have heat lamps in them and they do use them. a few years ago one of my roos lost part of his comb to frostbite. it turned black and fell off. i still have him and it actually seems to have grown back a little.

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The heated light is on 24/7 in their chicken coop/shed.  The color is not black, it's dark purple.  Is that a sign of frostbite?  I'm checking the internet, says it won't kill them but they may have severe pain sad

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i can't remember if the comb started out purple before it turned black.... but if it does not get too far below freezing and you have heat in there then it might not be frostbite. have you changed their diet?

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Could also be a sign of low oxygen levels in the blood. Same thing happens in people, when your oxygens sats are low your finger tips or around the lips turn blue/purple. Sometimes this happens to my hen when her nostril gets plugged up with mud. I clean it out with q-tips and water and she's good to go.

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3-4 weeks ago, came across a store that sale organic chic feed.  Got 5lbs in a sealed bag.  I gave about 1/2 a pound of that in the course of 1 wk (mixed with their normal feed) and I noticed that the chic eggs tasted different, so I immediately stopped.  I don't know if that has to do with it cause their eggs still tastes funny.


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I have to keep a close eye out for them, and hopefully we'll be able to finish the new coop and run so they could enjoy warmer home smile  Thanks ladies

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Could also be a sign of low oxygen levels in the blood. Same thing happens in people, when your oxygens sats are low your finger tips or around the lips turn blue/purple. Sometimes this happens to my hen when her nostril gets plugged up with mud. I clean it out with q-tips and water and she's good to go.

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Thank you! The ground was quite moist after the first snow melted and they were digging around and they got mud in their nostrils! this must be why Ingrid's ( one of my hens) comb is slightly purple. Also I was wondering...here I'll explain the situation. I let them out of the coop and they happily ran around for a while but then I went over to the coop later and on the way I spotted a hen sitting on the composter looking quite drowsy which was understandable because it was bed time - she should of been in the coop. I put her on the perch in the coop and this morning she was more peppy but I'm still worried about her (she's the one with the purple comb - Ingrid). I just realized something could she have been digging around and then got more mud in her nose then not got enough oxygen?! I'm gonna go clean her nose right now!

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