Frost bite??

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Bring, Dec 4, 2009.

  1. Bring

    Bring Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It got down to -6 lastnight. It's been snowing as well. My chickens have kept themselves in the coop for the last two days. I just went out to check on them and they all (7 of them) have black at the tips of their combs and wattles. Sorry I have no pics. Could it be frostbite? What can I do for them if it is? How do Insulate the coop?
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    It could be frostbite. You can put vaseline on their combs and wattles. that's supposed to protect them a bit. to heat, you could just add a heat lamp. My barn is not insulated, but whenit is really cold I put up a heat lamp for them.
     
  3. 95yj

    95yj Chillin' With My Peeps

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    just as important as heat is proper ventilation, not drafty but circulating air, humidity is what will cause frost bite and to prevent it you need good air circulation away from where your chickens roost, somebody wrote a really good page about it someplace on this forum about this but i don't know who or where. unfortunately for you and your chickens it does sound like frostbite, depending on how far it has spread parts of the waddle may need to be removed to prevent infection [i think, don't hold me to that]. vaseline does help, around here people put it on if it drops below 10, but its really only necessary below zero, it helps if you run the container under warm water for a couple minutes to loosen it up before applying it. basicaly all the petroleum jelly does is keep all the water and moister off the flesh.
     
  4. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    It was Patandchickens big ole ventilation page. [​IMG]
     

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