Frostbitten Comb Question

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Metalace, Jan 8, 2008.

  1. Metalace

    Metalace In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2008
    Talladega, AL
    I have 2 Birds that have Frostbitten combs. One Is my Brown leghorn Roo. The front of the comb is Red like it should be. But as it goes back it turns to a light pink to whitish in color. Half of his comb is sagging to one side. That being the light pink to whitish color parts. A few points on the comb near the back have turned black. The other points on the backside are either whitish or light pink. His wattle is pink around the edges and changes color to whitish near the middle. My other is also a brown leghorn but a hen. 3 of her points on her comb have turned black. I just read about putting aloe vera on them. So earlier today i went and smeared some aloe on there combs. The Roo fell asleep when i was putting the aloe on his comb. I quess it felt really good to him. But i`m worried about the rest of his comb and wattle. I know the parts that have turned black will fall off. But how bout the whitish / pink colored parts of his comb and wattle? Will they also turn black and fall off or will they heal up?
  2. jab91864

    jab91864 Songster

    Apr 3, 2007
    Northern Michigan
    I can't say for sure, but I think the whitish pink will be ok in the end. I'd rub ointment on that too just to be safe.

    Everyone has a different preference, some use straight vaseline, some blue kote, and myself I prefer bag balm because it's antibiotic and great stuff. Ointments work best because they coat and protect. Is your aloe thick or does it absorb ...if it absorbs it doesn't offer continued protection.

    Good luck

    Julie [​IMG]
  3. Metalace

    Metalace In the Brooder

    Jan 8, 2008
    Talladega, AL
    Well the aloe is stright from my aloe plant i have. I just cut a piece off and use the sap. I found some poly bacitracin a minute ago. Which would be best for them?
  4. gobbles!

    gobbles! In the Brooder

    Dec 30, 2007
    What happens if you don't treat frostbite? Does it just go away with time or can something bad happen?
  5. sammi

    sammi Songster

    Dec 21, 2007
    Southeast USA
    it depends on how bad it is...sometimes tissue will turn black and die.
    some combs will get a mottled look, and have some swelling.

    the bacitracin ointment is ok..
    just don't rub the comb..keep a light touch.
  6. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Worst case scenario of the comb that is frost bitten gets gangrene (or infected) and it goes septic. Keep it clean and try not to let them get frozen again.

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