Comb Frostbite

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by m0n77, Feb 3, 2017.

  1. m0n77

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    One of my hens seems to have gotten frostbite on her comb and it's cracked and bleeding. I noticed today just before they out themselves up. I quickly cleaned it off with a dry paper towel and applied Vaseline because that's the only thing I had available. They are sleeping through the night currently. Is there anything I should do in the morning to help this hen? Any suggestions?
     
  2. Eggcessive

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    Pictures of the comb may help. I would not touch or massage the comb since it is very painful. You can gently dab on a little plain neosporin ointment or spray on some Vetericyn to help prevent infection. Any dark or black areas especially on the points may become rounded off eventually. Frostbite can happen when temperatures get way below freezing, and especially if the doop is humid or there is very little overhead ventilation. The larger the comb, the more frostbite will ocur. I have seen it mostly in a few roosters, and they usually heal fine in a few weeks, but with a more rounded domb.
     
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