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How to Dub a Frostbitten Comb??

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Gresh, Feb 16, 2012.

  1. Gresh

    Gresh Songster

    Jul 9, 2011
    North Carolina
    Since my original questions on this subject (and how frostbite relates to fertility) were totally ignored, I thought I would just ask how to dub a single comb.

    My sister's White Leghorn cockerel got a mild case of frostbite on his comb points and they are starting to look a little infected (at least that's what my sister thinks). We are wanting to know how to dub these points and maybe even a little bit more of his comb so that we won't have to deal with frostbite as much next year.

    How does one dub a comb safely? What tools should be used? What measures can be taken to halt bleeding? Are there any extra precautions besides bleeding that one should consider?

    Thanks for your info.

  2. Linn Bee

    Linn Bee Songster

    I can't help you with how to dub a rooster's comb. I do have a rooster who's comb looked like it had a touch of frostbite this winter - it was black about a quarter of an inch down each comb point. Now that we've had a couple of weeks of warmer weather, I've noticed that his comb is all red again.

    I am not sure if the tips were frozen and fell off or if the veins re-grew into the tips and returned them to a rich red. I suspect it was the latter.
  3. Kickin' Chickin'

    Kickin' Chickin' Songster

    Nov 8, 2010
    Upstate New York
    I would wait on the dubbing. One of my BO girls had frostbite last year,she lost her tips naturally with no help from me.Frostbite will cause some swelling around the affected areas and this may be what she is seeing. This of course is just my opinion as I prefer a more hands off , darwinian type approach .

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