thank-you. They have a house to go into and I have got to start training them to do so at night. Maybe they should only have their food and water inside their building during the winter. I can clean it out a lot better than trying to heal a frostbitten goose.Giving your geese warm water (hand warm) to dunk their heads in and/or to bathe in helps prevent frostbite.
Poor circulation contributes to frostbite, and the warm water stimulates circulation.
Also, protecting them from high winds combined with extreme cold will help.
Thanks, that was one of the threads I did find. I'm going to see if I can catch him/her and rub some vaseline on it and also do what the goose girl said about the warm water. I've been giving them scratch since the end of Sept. so they have been able to put on a little fat but with the chinese it's hard to tell. We've been down into the low 20's for a bit now at night. Day time it is still in the mid 30's and 40's. When she/he does lie down she does bury her nose deep in her feathers.Good luck, Haunted. I think it is a general concern, as I've read it is possible for Chinese to get frostbite on their knobs, but you're right, not much information out there! I found a thread where they mention that frostbite caused the knob on a brown chinese to turn orange, which then faded over the summer (I assume that on white chinese, it'll turn black?) with no lasting effects, [here it is https://www.backyardchickens.com/t/611799/frostbite-in-geese ] but I didnt see any threads on how to prevent it.
Hopefully their feathers by now are thick enough to handle your weather, so that when they bury their heads in, their knobs will be protected (I've never seen my geese bury their heads that far in, but then again, they haven't been that cold yet)
Thanks Celtic, I'll give it a shot. Maybe I'm just over thinking it but the weather we have up here can be brutal and this year is shaping up to be bad. I don't want something to happen on my watch if I can prevent it.Chat with OregonBlues as she has solid advice on how to handle the cold with geese who have knobs.