Does my rooster have frostbite or is it something else?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Willow's Meadow, Dec 4, 2010.

  1. Willow's Meadow

    Willow's Meadow Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 16, 2010
    I went down to the coop this morning to give my chickens some fresh water and food and I noticed that my 6 month old Buff Orpington rooster had these little black dots/bumps on his comb and wattles. Is that frostbite or something else? They were kind of hard and wouldn't come off......well one I picked of a little and it came off. It has been in the 30s and 20s this past week but I haven't put any heat in the coop like a heat lamp or anything. It almost looks like ashes or something but they haven't been outside in several days and there's no ashes in the barn/coop. I put petroleum jelly/vaseline on it but I don't know if it helped. Should I put vaseline/petroleum jelly on them every day to prevent frostbite or just when they get it? Will it prevent it? Should I put it on the Buff Orpington hens.....should I put it on the Brahma hens and the Brahma rooster???
  2. spartacus_63

    spartacus_63 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 21, 2009
    Central Iowa
    I have heard that putting petroleum jelly on combs and wattles helps prevent frostbite, but I do not believe it. If the black spots are from frost bite, leave them alone but watch them for signs of infection. If you pick them off, the tissue beneath it is more vulnerable to frostbite. Both of my large roosters develop black spots on their combs during the winter. they are never very big and they heal in the spring.

    Of course they could also be pecking wounds. My roos get those when they scrap with each other too.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  4. TheWaddler

    TheWaddler Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 5, 2010
    Austin, TX
    Could also be fowl pox, there is a dry and wet version and the dry has black flaky spots on comb and wattle. It can pass through a flock quickly they say and takes about 30 to 50 days on the outside for it to run its course. It is commonly caught from wild birds. The dry form is not fatal and afterward your flock/infected birds will be immune.

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