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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Kovalciks Chickens, Nov 17, 2009.

  1. Kovalciks Chickens

    Kovalciks Chickens Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    Richmond, Michigan
    I have an old chicken coop that is very drafty that I use for my show birds. This year i got Japanese Bantams. They have large combs and wattles and i believe frost bite is starting. [​IMG] I put up bales of straw to try to stop the drafts but im not sure how much it helped. Is there anything else i can do to help them survive frost bite this winter?

  2. Barry

    Barry Songster

    I think the answer has to be a heat lamp if you are having problems already. It is going to get a lot colder!
  3. kathyinmo

    kathyinmo Nothing In Moderation

    I have read to coat the waddles and combs with vaseline, to prevent frost bite.
  4. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

    Mar 1, 2009
    Muskogee OK
    i've read where you can just use a normal 60 watt lightbulb in the coop to keep the edge off for them
  5. crtrlovr

    crtrlovr Still chillin' with my peeps

    can you wrap the outside of the coop with "house wrap" or heavy plastic, available at home building places, or get hay bales and stack them against the walls either inside or outside the house to block the worst of the drafts?
  6. greathorse

    greathorse Songster

    Oct 1, 2008
    Northern Colorado
    How cold has it been there. I did not know that they were that sensitive to frost bite. Are you sure they didnt get in a tussle and you have a comb that is healing from being nipped?

    I think your straw insulation would really help a lot and them make sure the coop is well venilated above their heads. I know that 100 watt bulb in a small coop can go a long ways.

    Perhaps reach out to an experienced Jap breeder in your climate to see how they protect and how susceptible they really are.
  7. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

    Sep 14, 2008
    Adair Co., KY
    Frostbite already?? You might want to consider making a smaller pen inside the coop to put the japs in. Or wrap the coop with some kind of plastic, and use a light.

  8. theFox

    theFox Songster

    Sep 21, 2009
    Standish, Maine
    Get some house wrap put that around the coop, stack straw bales around the coop on the outside, stitch the bales together to make a tight wall, between the very high R value of the straw bales and the draft reduction of the house wrap you'll have a decent place for the bird, then get a red heat lamp and reflector that you can run on a timer to come on between 11 PM and two hours after sunrise.

    Make certain you still have sufficient ventilation.

    Frostbite can be an major issue for birds with large head gear, more so if the coop or the birds get damp.

    Good luck.
  9. Yep, and some huddle boxes with pieces of 4x4 on the floor for emergency situations when the temps plunge suddenly.

    I know that vaseline and bag balm are both used for combs, and I've been wondering if anyone has tried that silicon cream that scuba divers use? I remember how effective it was for us in North Atlantic diving, years ago...
  10. Kovalciks Chickens

    Kovalciks Chickens Songster

    Aug 25, 2009
    Richmond, Michigan
    Quote:it is in the 40s r so in the day and sometimes at night it drops to 20s F. he did not get in a tussle because he is all by himself with a hen and i have 4 baby japs that look like it may be developing already.

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