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Frostbite and Fertility: A Couple Questions

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gresh, Feb 12, 2012.

  1. Gresh

    Gresh Songster

    Jul 9, 2011
    North Carolina
    Hey, everyone!

    I want to have fertile cocks for this year so I can have some chicks. I wanted to know exactly how frostbite affects the fertility of cocks and/or hens in breeding. I have heard that a single-combed cock will have fertility problems if he undergoes frostbite on his comb, but exactly what stage does the frostbite have to be at before it affects fertility, and will dubbing a frostbitten comb help at all?

    Also, how does frostbite affect the fertility of a pea-combed cock? I have two cocks with pea combs and both of their combs don't seem as firm as usual, and I didn't know if this was a sign of frostbite. We've had some really biting wind lately with temps in the twenties and thirties, and tonight we expect temps in the high teens. My chickens' coop is very well ventilated and I have heard that good ventilation prevents frostbite, but I don't know all the ins and outs.

    Any tips and info would be appreciated.

    God Bless,

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