help!!!! missing feather, frostbite worry! urgent!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by steve&kris, Jan 15, 2012.

  1. steve&kris

    steve&kris Out Of The Brooder

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    Apr 15, 2011
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    This is my first winter with chickens, so this is new to me.
    I have 5 hens, 2 roosters. All Buff Orps. They are from spring chix. The weather here is getting into the teens/twenty's. Today it hit 5.

    My chickens seem to not come out of their coop when there is snow on the ground, so I haven't seen them close in a week or so, but we noticed today that a couple of the hens have their combs 1/2 missing, and a big spot on their lower backs with all the feathers ripped out. not bleeding, just NO insulation.

    Two questions:

    Should I kill the two remaining roosters? They are destined for the cooker eventually anyway. I don't really have any good way to seperate them. I could put them in a barn, but it will be drafty, and easy for predators to get to. I may have a weasel in the area.

    I have not had heat in their coop. I was going with the theory that it would be a shock to them if ever they lost elec., better to let them acclimate. Being that there are spots that don't have feathers, should I get heat to them? I'm worried if I put a heat lamp in there, they'll fight for location.

    I don't want my girls to suffer. I would really appreciate any knowledgable advice.

    Thanks,
    S
     
  2. amillecay

    amillecay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2011
    First of all for the frostbite problem my chickens got really really bad frostbite this year but A+D ointment on it you can find it at many local drug stores anyway put it on their combs everyday if they are bleeding and I would put it on if it looks really dry or anything (i am just putting it on mine about every Friday just to be sure) i put it on my rooster more often because he has a big comb anyway many people will tell you to put Vaseline on it but the petroleum in it is bad for them

    With the feathers missing I had the same problems you should watch it really close mine were bleeding at one time and it would come and go they are now growing them back since i got rid of my roosters (i had nine out of 16 chickens who would have known lol) anyway I have one rooster left and he was even having that problem with the feathers missing so yes I would get rid of the roosters.

    Also I do think it would be a good idea to put a heat lamp since the feathers on their backs are missing (just to be sure they stay a little warmer). My chickens don't fight over the heat lamp they sometimes sit under it and other times just in the area of it so I think you would be fine with that

    Hope I helped!!

    Michaella
     
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  3. amillecay

    amillecay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2011
    Also you could just keep one rooster if you really wanted to i'm sure that would be just fine :)) oh and the bigger the comb the more you will have to worry about the frostbite
     
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  4. steve&kris

    steve&kris Out Of The Brooder

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    Definitely helpful. Thanks a bunch. We'll get rid of the roosters, and get the heat lamp out there.

    I'd like to keep a rooster, but I don't know which one (or both) are being aggressive. I'm guessing it's just boredom kicking in b/c they're trapped inside the coop. When they were free ranging, there wasn't a problem.

    Thanks!
     
  5. amillecay

    amillecay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2011
    Yeah I undersatnd i had a really hard time picking which roosters to get rid of :)

    Your welcome! :)
     
  6. amillecay

    amillecay Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 29, 2011
    Just as an update how are they doing now?? :)
     

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