Thanks for all the input. Well, looked at it this AM, a couple points are still this same color, but no progressing, swelling, darkening, whiteness, etc. Just looks... a bit blue/purple. Blade is red again. Wonder if it is frostbite or not - will have to monitor.
With regard to circulation troubles - I had also already wondered that (and will continue to wonder). He's the largest of the Marans boys I had, and I actually kept him because of his impressive size (originally wasn't planning to keep any boys). I have two cockerels with these enormous straight combs. Both occasionally have purpling in the blade. The other is a very healthy smallish cream legbar cock bird. So I also am wondering if this just sometimes happens with a boy who has such a profoundly ginormous comb...
- Ant Farm
Hopefully it will heal as long as it doesn't turn black. When it turns black, the black part will fall off. It won't heal in my experience , if it is black. This is a good reason to make sure the breed one gets is proper for the climate. Yes,I know you are in Florida and this is unusual. Sincerely tho, I have never had a breed here in western PA which didn't get frostbitten at one time in the winter. I do think ventilation may had Add to something to do with it. But we get extremely cold Jan here. So I am going with Chanteclers to avoid the frostbite. I am tired of fighting the elements and watching them ruin months of work raising young cockerels only to see the comb tips blacken. Personally, I think coops have a lot to do with it. Birds in Woods Open Air coops built to proper dimensions just don't have these cold weather problems. Put a teaspoon of food grade glycerin in the water. It won't let the water freeze and gives the birds a hole to drink out of. Won't hurt the bird in case they should drink any.
Thanks! (I'm in Texas, actually - but the chickens came from a breeder in Florida ). The confusion was that I would NOT expect frostbite here at all. Warm to hot, and not a lot of precipitation (though we do get storms, etc.), coop very well ventilated. (It's 63F right now, 10am.)
His comb got better quickly - it was only a little purple (and may not have even been frostbite). Meanwhile, I looked in their coop more carefully the next day and discovered that the waterer had leaked a lot and soaked a lot of of the bedding under the thin dry top layer, which may have explained the issue. (Waterer is outside now, and bedding stirred and dried out/replenished). Glad I caught it...
- Ant Farm
Edited by Fire Ant Farm - 12/13/16 at 7:51am