Huge Jersery Giant with frostbite on wattles, very swollen can't please, he is my baby

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by wldangl, Jan 23, 2012.

  1. wldangl

    wldangl Hatching

    Jan 23, 2012
    I have a huge rooster that drank water on a freezing cold night and then didn't get under a heat lamp. His wattles froze where the water was and now they are REALLY swollen and he can't eat. I am force feeding him but I worry he is not getting enough. I have to work during the day and he can't eat and drink on his own until the swellng goes down. It has been three days and they are still pretty bad. Is there anything that can help the swelling go down? I think he would eat once the wattles swelling goes down but I am afraid he will starve before then. They are very heavy and he has a hard time keeping his head up. Please help



  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Crowing

    Oct 31, 2008
    West Michigan
    My Coop
    Oh my, his wattle frost bite sounds even worse than my rooster had last year for the same reason. Poor guy. Is he in a warmer spot like inside or in the garage where he won't have to eat as much to keep himself warm? When you feed him you can add some more nutrient rich foods like scrambled eggs.

    You could try giving him a bit of aspirin wrapped in a bit of soft bread. Aspirin is an anti inflammatory and may reduce swelling some.

    I copied this about dosage from else where on the forum: Aspirin - for pain relief. Dosage is approximately 25 mg per pound of chicken's body weight each day (A standard baby Aspirin is 80 mg, and a standard adult Aspirin pill is 325 mg). This information is from the Poultry Podiatrywebsite. Warning: aspirin thins the blood and should not be used if internal bleeding is suspected or in cases where a wound will not stop bleeding.
  3. kari_dawn

    kari_dawn Songster

    Nov 2, 2009
    North Texas
    ...I know some people use prep-H to shrink tissue for prolapse...dunno that I would try it on his wattles though...maybe too strong...hopefully someone who knows what to do will come along soon!
    Last edited: Jan 23, 2012
  4. wldangl

    wldangl Hatching

    Jan 23, 2012
    Thanks for the advice, He has been livng in my masterbath for over a week. Wattles are getting better but still won't eat much because the they are still a bit big. When he puts his head down to eat, he loses sight of the food. I have to hold up by hand in front of his face so he can eat. He cant seem to open his mouth too far and I am worried about that. He doesn't want to walk around much. Plus he has those annoying little bugs on him from sitting idle. I will keep you all posted. Thanks again for the advice. i will keep hand feedng him as long as it takes!!!!
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Annoying little bugs? That sounds slightly alarming...
  6. Judy

    Judy Crowing Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    "Annoying little bugs" I would imagine are lice and/or mites, and may be causing him to feel sick even more than the frostbite problem. Dust with Sevin.

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