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Frostbite?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Faraday40, Jan 31, 2014.

  1. Faraday40

    Faraday40 Overrun With Chickens

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    We had some crazy weather earlier this week. (low -20; highs only reached -7 Add the wind chills & YIKES!)
    I'm new to the world of chickens, so it's been a big learning experience.

    I tried the Vaseline trick - especially on my cockerel & large-comb pullet. I'm not sure if it worked. Am I seeing early signs of frostbite, dry skin, or something else? If frostbite, how many days does it take to turn black? Is there anything else I can do for them?
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    You can see this cream/white hen rolled around in the sand today. The Vaseline is making all the dirt stick to her, but I fear the tips may be damaged.
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    Look closely at the pale tips. This black one's about 21 weeks old & the comb just started getting red a few weeks ago.
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  2. Beekissed

    Beekissed True BYC Addict

    Yeah, that's a little frosting but it won't be permanent damage...those will redden right up when the weather warms up. Try to keep the humidity down in your coop with great ventilation at the roof line so that the humidity can escape and don't close it up tight down at the bottom of the coop...allow for a little air intake there.
     

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