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Banty Light Brahma
8 months old
Open coop covered in thick plastic for the winter around the bottom half
Pine shaving floor over dirt
Damp, cold environment (Oregon)
She is low man on the totem pole - and gets pushed around

Does this look like frostbite, or is it something else?  It has been getting down to 19 or 20 at night, highs during the day below freezing.  My little banty does get cold, and her legs shiver as she walks.  I have been putting her in my jacket for a few minutes when I notice she is cold, I also give warm crumbles with milk twice a day and cooked egg to try and warm them up from the inside.  She has also been very pale since the cold hit.  They roost on a 2 x 4, I was hoping to avoid frostbitten feet by adding that!
They were dusted and wormed about 3 weeks ago.  She had a large mite load that I was unaware of.  I checked her vent yesterday and her skin looked much better.  Second dusting was on the 22nd of Dec.  She also had crop surgery a few months ago and seems to have recovered fully.


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Edited by ErinG - 1/4/11 at 11:11am
One super fantastic coop-building husband, thousands of honeybees, 1 BA, 1 BO, 2 EE, 1 blue cochin, 1 Welsummer and 1 banty light brahma named Camilla
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One super fantastic coop-building husband, thousands of honeybees, 1 BA, 1 BO, 2 EE, 1 blue cochin, 1 Welsummer and 1 banty light brahma named Camilla
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This flew off the home page way too fast.  Anyone?

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I don't know, but I hope somebody does. idunno

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1 Dog (Prince), 1 cat (Shadow), 2 Holland Lops (Munchkin and Muffin), 9Hens: 2 RIR (Lilly and Ruby), 1 RSL (Ginny), 2 BSL (Opal and Bellatrix), 1 EE (Tizzy) 1 BR (Dina)  1 LB (Rowena), 1 Partridge silkie (Godric) and 1LB Rooster (Sephiroth). 7 Bantam Chicks: 2 White Silkies (Celestia and Namine), 1 Buff Silkie (Aria), 1 EE...

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Opera/ Music Education Student by trade, Chicken lover by choice 

 

1 Dog (Prince), 1 cat (Shadow), 2 Holland Lops (Munchkin and Muffin), 9Hens: 2 RIR (Lilly and Ruby), 1 RSL (Ginny), 2 BSL (Opal and Bellatrix), 1 EE (Tizzy) 1 BR (Dina)  1 LB (Rowena), 1 Partridge silkie (Godric) and 1LB Rooster (Sephiroth). 7 Bantam Chicks: 2 White Silkies (Celestia and Namine), 1 Buff Silkie (Aria), 1 EE...

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post #4 of 7

could you build them a warmer living area, more contained so they can hold onto their bodyheat? maybe even putting wooden boxes with shavings in it in their coop, that way they can sleep in the box which would give them more heat retention on those cold nights.
also, give them some cracked corn at night, helps them to produce body heat. Not sure if it is frostbite, could be, the skin looks dark, which could mean it's dead skin, put vasaline on her feet, helps to prevent frostbite.

post #5 of 7

Here's a thread from last winter with pics - the birds in the pics are obviously in worse shape than yours, but you might fight the thread useful.

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Thanks for the replies!  On nights below 25 I close the chicken door to their roost area, which normally just stays open, to reduce drafts and help to keep their body heat in.  I have been putting vaseline on my BO's comb these nights as well, but hadn't thought about their feet because of the nice wide roost.  Apparently those feathered feet are just for looks!  I wonder if it didn't happen during the day?  I see them standing on one leg during these cold days, and standing on wood instead of the frozen ground.  They seem so much happier on warm days, we are planning on putting a floor in the coop, that should keep it warmer and dryer in there.

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Hi Blefky, the link didn't show up, could you repost?  That does sound like it would be helpful.  Thank you.

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