Originally Posted by NorthernKnots
I just brought home my Buff Orp 3 days ago. The silly girl wanted to spend all day in the rain yesterday. It was just a cold drizzle, she kept going into the coop, but insisting on being outside most of the day. But this morning I noticed what looks like frostbite on her comb! It was 10 C during the day, and down to -2 C at night. Cold, but really not that cold. I thought Orps were supposed to be cold hardy chickens? All my others that has sense enough to stay inside are fine. What in the world am I going to do during our frigid cold Canadian winters???
Sweet looking girl!
Originally Posted by TheSpiceGirls
I'm not at all an expert in this area but I thought frostbite showed up more black. That to me looks like she scraped it on something while foraging. Give her a few days to see if she heals up. I'll bet she does. You can put a little VetRX on it to help it heal. BO's really should be good down to 0C. Below that, is when you have to worry. Make sure they have a draft free house to snuggle up inside but one that still has good ventilation. They should be okay.
I agree with @TheSpiceGirls it could be a scrape or even a bit of pecking injuries.
Looks like it will heal fine.
As far as cold hardy I think they should do well. Of course I don't live in Canada, but mine did fine with negative temps in the Carolinas, they stood outside in the rain, ice and snow. Only when it is really windy do they (maybe) stay in the coop, then I think it's because my cockerel feels it's "unsafe". The girls will go out and he hustles them back in during a wind storm, so....
Originally Posted by collie1470
Extra boys will be supper. As any show excessive aggression, they'll be going to freezer camp (white will be the first of them, since he's already a little jerk to the girls and to us). If more than one stay decently gentlemanly, we'll probably keep the one with the best build for our purposes, assuming the girls like that one. So far, they do seem extra fond of Red. At 6 weeks old now, he already gives up extra tasty treats for them, and runs over to check on them if they cry. The others greedily gobble up whatever they find and will snatch food from the girls. White puffs up at the girls and scares them. Red and black are the only ones who show no interest in puffing up at people so far.
Some days I wonder if my boy ever eats He's always finding them goodies or calling them, he loves for them to take treats from his beak.
At 6wks looks like a sweet girl!