Is this frost bite?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NorthChicken, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. NorthChicken

    NorthChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    My girls are all 21 weeks old, and doing well. Both Speckled Sussex have started squatting in the past 2 days, so I am really keeping my fingers crossed for some eggs soon!

    Went out today, and noticed their combs looked like this:
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    Is that frost bite? If so, is there anything I should do about it? [​IMG]
    None of my others have issues, combs all look fine. We have a high of about 10F today, and the temps at night are usually around -15F below zero the last few nights, although -25F below is the norm. We had a few nights of -45F below zero as well. I have lots of ventilation in the coop, leave the pop door open on the 'warmer' nights (as warm as it can get in Northern Maine in Jan/Feb!!). I am more than ready for spring!! As are these pretty ladies!
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  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Pretty chickens. They may have just the slightest touch of frostbite. Or maybe it is just dry skin and less sun exposure than usual. Just a bit of Vaseline on the comb can protect them from the cold air.
     
  3. NorthChicken

    NorthChicken Chillin' With My Peeps

    Thanks, that makes me feel better!! I will put a bit of vaseline on the combs to see if that helps.
     
  4. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Vaseline might help....but it looks very mild and they may not even loose the tips.

    My first year with chooks and I have had several bouts with frostbite, the light colored stuff like you have seems to go away after a week or so.
    Even the roos black waddle seems fine, shrinks and dries up. Just watch for swelling/infection...IMO there's no reason to intervene otherwise.
     
  5. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't think they will loose the tips of their combs. That tends to only happen when the tissue turns black. The Vaseline is is just a precaution that could prevent future frostbite. This cold weather just is not letting up. It is a good thing that chickens are pretty cold hardy.
     
  6. humphrey farms

    humphrey farms Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Mine look the same. A little bit of Vaseline will help for future frostbite. Take heed, spring is coming! It's been a real hard one here in Western Maine too in the Lakes Region. Pretty girls!
     

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