Got a roo with possible frost bite on comb..UPDATED see post #7 :)

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by WindDancer, Jan 7, 2010.

  1. WindDancer

    WindDancer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We do not have a light in the coop and while they are completely blocked from the direct wind, it is still really cold out there! We have had below zero temps especially at night or in the early morning for over a week now. And this morning we have over 6 inches of snow and more is coming. Went out to check the chickens (usually the hubby does it before work) and noticed that our big RIR roo (Cherokee) has a funny colored comb. it's kinda purple/white. I put more vaseline on it to help insulate it but am wondering if there's anything else I can do. Spoke to my granddad in PA who raise chickens way back when for Tyson and he said to bring BOTH roos in asap and get those combs warmed up... is there anything else I can do?

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    This is Cherokee... his comb is the worse... you can "kinda see" Nugget (NHR Roo) on the right. His comb is just starting to turn funny colors...

    oh, and nothing is wrong with Cherokee's eye.. he has it closed cuz of the flash! scared me a little there...

    Thanks
     
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2010
  2. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
    Smithville, Mo
    vaseline
     
  3. WindDancer

    WindDancer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah.... I did that.. but is it too late?? will he lose his comb?
     
  4. The Chicken People

    The Chicken People Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 4, 2009
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    MY rir hens look worse than that...I think He will be fine just protect it with vaseline and control humidity in the coop!
     
  5. Koolduck

    Koolduck Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My BO roo got nailed with frostbite the other night too. His comb was black/purple and alittle white. I've been putting triple antibiotic ointment on it and then a nice goopy coating of bag balm. That is what they put on cows utters that are dry and cracked. It has sulfa in it which is an antibiotic substance also. The black on the comb rubs off at times and bleeds. Blood is a good thing as it proves tissue viability. I think Dumplin is going to be OK and at worst will lose a tip or two. See Ma, that nursing degree wasn't a waste after all! [​IMG]
     
  6. djmooney

    djmooney Chillin' With My Peeps

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    you might have to cut his comb off. i have 4 roosters 1 is an oegb and all of my roosters last year got frostbit exept the oegb because you dubb them. one of my roosters had frostbite so bad he got sick and died.... i don,t think dubbing bothers them much because as soon as i cut the comb i set him down and he ran over to my hen and mated her. he didnt care thats what i would do
     
  7. WindDancer

    WindDancer Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I think I saved his comb!! I ended up moving ALL the chickens into the basement and our little comet cross hen is laying an egg a day!!! LOL RIR hens... nothing the little brats [​IMG]

    Anyway, here's a new pic of Cherokee's Comb... what do you think??

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    I think it looks 100% better.... [​IMG]
     
  8. PandoraTaylor

    PandoraTaylor RT Poultry n Things

    Jun 29, 2009
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    looks pretty good.

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