black combs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by cmercer, Jan 11, 2014.

  1. cmercer

    cmercer New Egg

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    We just got our chickens on December 7th. I have two heat lamps going since the weather has been soo cold. Now my rooster has black combs...what should I do?
     
  2. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

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    Black combs is frostbite. You need more ventilation in your coop. I personally don't heat my coop and yes, the rooster gets some frostbite but we've had three nights -20F already. At those temps the larger combs will get a touch of frozen. With heat lamps your raising the humidity and allowing frostbite to occur at any temp below freezing. If your bedding is damp then change it and get more ventilation in the coop. I'm not a proponent of heating but if you choose to know your birds wont go outside much and are in fact more susceptible to excessive moisture-frostbite.
     
  3. cmercer

    cmercer New Egg

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    Thank you....should we put vaseline on his combs....or is it too late...
     
  4. Cooper Farms

    Cooper Farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Putting some on now will keep it from getting worse. I also pit it on there wadle
     
  5. realsis

    realsis Crazy for Silkies

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    You might want to try bag balm in the place of vasoline. It seems to absorb into the skin better.bag balm can be found at most feed stores and was first made for the sore utters of cows.its great stuff and I think it's better than vasoline.it comes in a green jar.hope this helps.
     

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