HELP! Swollen Frostbitten Roo!!! *PICS!* Not eating/drinking!!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by silkieluver_07, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Quote:I noticed the swelling this morning when I went to feed the animals. He's had the frostbite on his comb and wattle probably for two weeks, but we've just let it take its course. I think the frostbite got infected???
     
  2. Chickerdoodle13

    Chickerdoodle13 The truth is out there...

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    The actual frostbite doesn't look too bad. I have to agree with Chicken thief, because it looks like there might be something else going on! I've never seen a chicken swell up quite so much from frostbite alone.

    It is possible he may have an infection setting in. Almost looks like there is something going on with his chin there too. That seems to be where most of the swelling is concentrated. If you wanted to make an appointment with your vet, that would probably be your best bet. I really think that something else is going on that we can't see from the outside.

    If you have some terramycin on hand, you could start him on some of that. Watch to see if the swelling comes down at all. Sometimes the wattles will swell up when the frostbite is healing or about ready to fall off, but your vet may need to actually open up his chin and drain that out. It's possible that he might even have an absess.

    Definitely dose him with some plain aspirin. I can imagine he would be in pain! And let me know how this turns out! Now I'm very interested to see what happens!
     
  3. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh my gosh poor guy!!!! I agree with the others, there is definately something else going on there. I would get him to a vet if you can asap. [​IMG]
     
  4. SterlingAcres

    SterlingAcres Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 17, 2008
    Poconos, PA
    That's got to be infection. I'm also in PA and my BO roos have suffered some frostbite.... it looks nothing like that swelling [​IMG]

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    Good luck!
     
  5. wegotchickens

    wegotchickens DownSouth D'Uccles & Silkies

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    Poor baby!

    [​IMG] Good luck and hugs [​IMG]
     
  6. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Quote:We had him on terramycin, then switched to the aspirin in water. Should I put aspirin in the terramycin or will that be bad by mixing them? I will make an appointment for him tomorrow, I'm just afraid the vets won't know anything because they only care for cats, dog, and cows. No avian vets here. [​IMG]
     
  7. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I have a roo here with VERY severe frostbite, but what you have going on with the swelling of the chin is something else altogether. Do what you can for him, try the antibiotic and see how it goes. The vet will be very costly, so might consider culling him and getting another roo this spring. JMHO
     
  8. silkieluver_07

    silkieluver_07 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 31, 2008
    Pennsylvania
    Quote:I'll have to ask my mother's opinion on this, since this is her rooster. We have three of their eggs in the incubator that are due out on the 28th, so if we have to cull him, maybe we will get a baby boy out of the three eggs.
     
  9. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    ignore then
     
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  10. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    Quote:I'll have to ask my mother's opinion on this, since this is her rooster. We have three of their eggs in the incubator that are due out on the 28th, so if we have to cull him, maybe we will get a baby boy out of the three eggs.

    I took eggs from my roo too, in case he gets infection and has to be culled. Almost his whole comb is black...and will probably fall off eventually. His wattles are very swollen and frostbitten as well. I've had him in the house for the past three days (on extra vitamins/ACV and cinnamon and putting bag balm on his comb) trying to see if he will get better. He also has something going on with his foot...but that isn't related to the frostbite. He is still eating and drinking fine though, so i am going to give him a chance to pull through before I decide whether or not to cull him. My birds are not pets, they are livestock, so taking one to the vet is *not* an option. It just doesn't make any sense to me to pay a $200 vet bill on a $7 rooster:>)
     
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