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Raz, how could you say that?  Here we all are in beautiful Michigan, heading for sub-zero temps soon, and you're not happy about it/  Shame!  Today most of my chickens looked outside and declined to play in that white fluffy stuff.  Can't understand it, can you?  Mary

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Winter Ducks thread

http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/623372/how-do-you-keep-ducks-in-the-winter

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, one elderly cat,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 


Chickenstock 2017
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/michigan-chickenstock-event-page
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1160475/michigan-chicken-stock-2017#post_18242644
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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, one elderly cat,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 


Chickenstock 2017
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/michigan-chickenstock-event-page
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1160475/michigan-chicken-stock-2017#post_18242644
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I'm worried about my rooster's frostbite.  Yesterday afternoon his comb had just a touch of whiteish on it with possibly a little blister.  His wattles looked fine and all the girls are totally fine.  My neighbor suggested I put some Vaseline on it.  I've conflicting things about that but I did put some homemade balm on it (just infused olive oil and beeswax).  Today it is worse with black areas and his wattles have a little white too.  I don't know if the balm made it worse or if it was just that it was colder last night.  I'm just outside Ann Arbor and it was about 10 degrees last night I think.  I think we have enough ventilation and we have about 6 inches of deep litter in there, which I turn weekly and add more to constantly.  I think they all sleep in a pile on the bedding when its really cold, judging by the droppings I see.  I'm not sure what else to do.  Should I continue with the balm?  He doesn't seem to care about the frostbite so far.

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Here are pics of the coop set up.  the ventilation is on 3 sides at the top.  I believe its 8 inches high all the way across the side with the run attached and then a triangle on each side.

 

 

 

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You may be having draft problems with the amount of ventilation you have. You could try putting up some baffling, such as strips of cardboard, to make sure that the wind isn't just blowing in those large openings. Air moving over moist body parts increases the risk of frostbite.
The white coloring is the initial phase, then that area will turn black, so it looks like the frostbite on your Rooster's comb is progressing as it normally would, and is not necessarily worse.

Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, one elderly cat,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 


Chickenstock 2017
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/michigan-chickenstock-event-page
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1160475/michigan-chicken-stock-2017#post_18242644
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Home of the world's cutest dachshund, one crazy blue heeler, one elderly cat,
              one fat pony, and many (but not too many!) chickens

              Can anyone tell me, how many are too many chickens?

 


Chickenstock 2017
http://www.backyardchickens.com/a/michigan-chickenstock-event-page
http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1160475/michigan-chicken-stock-2017#post_18242644
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Tha ma for your input! This is our first winter and we're still figuring it out. Do you think it would be a good idea to cover the triangle vents with something for winter and just leave the rectangle vent that is on the run wall open? That one has an overhang so it doesn't get much wind at all through it.
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Consider plastic or something over the vent on the windward side, and open on the downside (Did I make sense?)  So you block the wind blowing through, but it's still ventilated.  Mary

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Thanks Mary! I'll advise the builder in the family (my husband, lol).
Poor guy built the coop to my vague instructions. I feel bad for my sweet rooster. But we'll get it figured out soon!
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I'm worried about my rooster's frostbite.  Yesterday afternoon his comb had just a touch of whiteish on it with possibly a little blister.  His wattles looked fine and all the girls are totally fine.  My neighbor suggested I put some Vaseline on it.  I've conflicting things about that but I did put some homemade balm on it (just infused olive oil and beeswax).  Today it is worse with black areas and his wattles have a little white too.  I don't know if the balm made it worse or if it was just that it was colder last night.  I'm just outside Ann Arbor and it was about 10 degrees last night I think.  I think we have enough ventilation and we have about 6 inches of deep litter in there, which I turn weekly and add more to constantly.  I think they all sleep in a pile on the bedding when its really cold, judging by the droppings I see.  I'm not sure what else to do.  Should I continue with the balm?  He doesn't seem to care about the frostbite so far.

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Comb tips and wattle edge look mildy frostbit...but white on earlobe is something else, comes and goes on some of my birds-think it's some kind of fungus. 

Baffles on ventilation is a good idea...got to get in there when it's windy to see/feel what the airflow is doing.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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Comb tips and wattle edge look mildy frostbit...but white on earlobe is something else, comes and goes on some of my birds-think it's some kind of fungus. 
Baffles on ventilation is a good idea...got to get in there when it's windy to see/feel what the airflow is doing.

On some breeds white earlobes are perfectly normal.

Definitely block cross ventilation, but don't seal the coop up. If you see frost on the ceiling you've closed too much or have a moisture issue in your coop. Do you have a wooden roost for them to get off the floor? My birds roost year round in a hoop house type coop with wire sides.

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Walnut Hill Farm

Ayam Cemani and Oregon Gray/Dark Gray turkeys

 

Incubating in a vintage GQF 1402 cabinet

 

Life is short...live and love.

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Originally Posted by aart View Post

Comb tips and wattle edge look mildy frostbit...but white on earlobe is something else, comes and goes on some of my birds-think it's some kind of fungus. 
Baffles on ventilation is a good idea...got to get in there when it's windy to see/feel what the airflow is doing.

On some breeds white earlobes are perfectly normal.

 

True...but I don't believe that is one of them.

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

Reply

Great article on VENTILATION, one of THE MOST IMPORTANT aspects of coop design.

Fantastic treatise to help decide how much SPACE your chickens need.

 

Chicken math is not just 'addition'...but also should include Division, Multiplication and especially Subtraction!!!

 

Quoting centrarchid:

"Make every effort to understand your chicken's biology and the environment that supports it."

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