Hen has swollen purple wattles

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by achickymama, Sep 6, 2013.

  1. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh good! I think I speak for all of us when saying we are concerned and puzzled.
     
  2. casportpony

    casportpony Team Tube Feeding Captain & Poop Inspector General Premium Member Project Manager

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    Good luck at the vet! It's nice that you're able to do that for her!

    -Kathy
     
  3. achickymama

    achickymama Out Of The Brooder

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    Sooo, turns out it was frostbite! It hasn't been getting much below 50 here but their coop was a bit on the dirty side because we had been out of town. I guess there was just too much moisture between that, the rain and the dropping temperatures. The vet gave me silver sulfadiazine to apply twice a day.
     
  4. achickymama

    achickymama Out Of The Brooder

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    Well Kathy , these girls a like our babies[​IMG]. I'm glad it wasn't something more serious. My poor kiddos would have been devastated if we lost her.
     
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  5. MelissaTXRn

    MelissaTXRn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I am so glad that you found out what it is and that you can treat it. Yay!!!!!!!!!
     
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    Frostbite was what kept coming up in my mind and all the searching, but I wouldn't have thought it possible with those temps. I'm glad you went to the vet.
     
  7. achickymama

    achickymama Out Of The Brooder

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    Crazy, right!? We're in Alaska so if they're already experiencing that, its gonna be a long winter!
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  8. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive True BYC Addict

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    You may need to read up on ventilation in your coop. There are a ton of threads here--make sure you read Pat and chickens big ole ventilation page thread--she lives in Canada and has many tips. The worst thing about winter is the moisture in the coop, not so much the temp. Moisture and open pan water bowls can cause frostbite. Feet can be frozen quickly if they step into water bowls in the cold temps you all get.
     
  9. achickymama

    achickymama Out Of The Brooder

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    24 hours later! She's looking red and heathy again!

    Anyone know how long it typically takes for frostbit pieces to fall off?
     
  10. achickymama

    achickymama Out Of The Brooder

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    I'm on it! Thanks!!!
     

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