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Frostbite

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by ZuniBee, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've got chickens with frostbite on their combs and wattles. It hasn't really even gotten real cold here with the coldest night was in the 20's F and always above freezing during the day. The coop is insulated and they are inside at night. After reading info about vaseline I bought a large jar and put it on every comb and wattle. (They really liked it by the way!) That night the temp got down to 20F and the next day there were more black spots on the comb of my big roo. I read that people don't heat their coops in much colder temps that what I have had. How do you keep them from getting frostbite? For now, I plan to add a heat lamp on the nights where the temp is supposed to drop below freezing.
     
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Ouch Zuni...so sorry for your chickens. I have a heat lamp over the roosts...about 4 ft above them. I only use it when the temps are really cold at night. So far so good. Hope your chickens heal quickly.
     
  3. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    You're certain it's frostbite and not wounds/scabs from chickens pecking at each other?

    Pat
     
  4. AK-Bird-brain

    AK-Bird-brain I gots Duckies!

    May 7, 2007
    Sterling, Alaska
    Frostbite takes time to develop. It could have been a couple of days prior to applying the vasoline that they were effected. Frostbite can happen anytime the temp dropes below 32F. We use a heat lamp on a timer, its set to turn on a couple of hours after they settle in to roost and turns off when its time to get up.
     
  5. ZuniBee

    ZuniBee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Good idea. From now on the heat light will be on when it's below 32. Thanks,
     

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