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How do chickens get frostbite?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by zrossk, Jan 3, 2012.

  1. zrossk

    zrossk Chirping

    Dec 11, 2011
    Blandon, Pennsylvania
    I have heard a lot of people say that chickens are fine in below zero temperatures. If this is true why are they getting frostbite? Does frostbite come from the cold or wet? Sorry i am a noob. [​IMG]

  2. CheerioLounge

    CheerioLounge Songster

    Apr 10, 2011
    California High Desert
    To my understanding, it is a combination of both. The larger the comb, the more vulnerable to frostbite it is. If you are worried that your chickens may be at risk for frostbite, put some vaseline on their combs.
  3. kannna

    kannna Songster

    Jul 2, 2010
    Martha's Vineyard
    wet and freezing. They expell moisture when they breathe. Ventilation is crucial. Dry and freezing is ok.
  4. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Songster

    Going by the experience I had with chickens some 25 years ago - they can take a lot of cold with out getting frostbite.

    I set a section of an old storage shed aside for my first coop. The space had no covering on the windows, holes in the walls, and no doors on the building. I installed wire around the upper half of the space and covered the wire and window openings with 1.5 mil 'vapor barrier' plastic to slow most of the wind.

    My chickens did very well in this drafty, ratty place down to -25 degrees. It was not until the temperature got down to nearly -30 degrees (F) that I had a few roos with frostbitten combs.

    All that I have read here indicates that it is a hight humidity combined with the cold temperatures that causes frostbite. Since I know that first coop had NO problem with humidity, I'm gonna go with moisture rather than cold as a primary cause.

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