frostbite or no?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by emilyschartz, Dec 5, 2013.

  1. emilyschartz

    emilyschartz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today I noticed little black dots showing up in the Combs and wattles of my 8 month old hens. They have also been losing small feathers. could it be frostbite? what could I put on it? Vaseline? two of them are also getting "testy" with each other. This is my first year with chickens and I don't know what to do
     
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    emilyschartz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Here's a picture of hen with most black spots on her[​IMG]
     
  3. emilyschartz

    emilyschartz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They are also having more of the runny type poop instead of all solid. Please help. Any suggestions?
     
  4. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    It sounds as though there isn't enough ventilation in your coop, so their combs are getting frostbitten. When they are in a small, poorly ventilated space, their own exhalations cause moisture to build up, and when that moisture settles on their combs and freezes, it causes frostbite. Open up some vents and windows, and make sure there is adequate ventilation (but no drafts directly ON the birds), and there should be no further cases of frostbite.
     
  5. emilyschartz

    emilyschartz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok is there anything I can put on them where they have frostbite? I'll definitely get better ventilation in the coop.
     
  6. HEChicken

    HEChicken Overrun With Chickens

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    I've heard of people putting Vaseline on frostbite. That probably would help in the short term as it would prevent moisture freezing directly on the skin.
     
  7. emilyschartz

    emilyschartz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok thanks! I'll definitely put some on them. Thanks for the help. Is there anything I can do if one of them is trying to bite another one?
     
  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Chicken Obsessed Premium Member

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    I am not seeing anything that looks like frostbite. I see a couple of dark spots that could be from pecking or something else. You can put some Neosporin or other antibiotic ointment on them--it also has vaseline in it. Frostbite usually affects the tips of the combs, or the wattles and feet if they have been in water, then exposed to very cold air.
     
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    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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  10. emilyschartz

    emilyschartz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok. I couldn't get it in the picture but the one has her whole earlobe black and all have black spots on their Combs
     

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