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Frostbitten Chickens

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by CookieChicken18, Jan 12, 2018.

  1. CookieChicken18

    CookieChicken18 In the Brooder

    Feb 6, 2017
    In previous years my chickens had done fine in the cold, but after a recent cold blast I went out the other day and they had some pretty noticable frostbite. All of them have it on their combs, and a few on their wattles. I put vaseline on their combs but is there anything else I can do to make sure that their combs don't get all messed up? Thanks!
  2. Sassysouth

    Sassysouth Free Ranging

    May 12, 2016
    Decatur, AL
    Everyone says Bag Balm is a great choice. You can try chapstick. Apply gently and no aggressive rubbing.
  3. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Free Ranging

    Jan 8, 2017
    NE Indiana
    My Coop
    The advice I have gotten here on byc is that the vaseline and bag balm is used as a preventative. Once frostbite has occurred, you should leave it be.
  4. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    I watch for infection but most healthy birds seem to heal well from frostbite.
  5. chickens really

    chickens really Crazy Call Duck Momma Premium Member

    Too much moisture in the Coop. Poop, water and breath are all moisture. Possibly the Roost is too high?. Moisture rises. Clean poop daily. Old lady I know uses Cow salve for udders and it helps. Ask a pharmacist for it. I don't know the actual name of it?..
  6. Trimpkey

    Trimpkey Chirping

    Dec 22, 2016
    Rural Virginia
    This happened mainly to my white leghorn as she has a huge comb. I put on vaseline but the tips were frost bitten and some tips have dropped off. She appears happy and healthy and there is no blood. I'm just going to leave her be.
    chickens really likes this.
  7. Soon2BChixMom

    Soon2BChixMom Free Ranging

    Jan 8, 2017
    NE Indiana
    My Coop
    Probably bag balm. :D or udder balm.
    chickens really likes this.

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