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Is this frostbite? pics

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by artsyrobin, Jan 17, 2010.

  1. artsyrobin

    artsyrobin Artful Wings

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    here are two of my pullets, is this frostbite? doesn't seem to bother them-
    if it is, how do i treat it?

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  2. kipepeo

    kipepeo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I would say yes but not an expert but looks like my roos and hens. I think I read that there is not much you can do about it.
     
  3. beerman

    beerman Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think so a few of mine got it this year. Don't worry sometime there is not a lot you can do. I have 6 heat lamps and a nice coop. You can only do so much.

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  4. Opa

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    You do indeed have frost bite but not very severe. I'm posting a picture of a Welsummer rooster that was frostbitten last winter. Everything black and above atrophied and sloughed off. He wound up looking as those he had be dubbed. Once the comb or wattle has become black there isn't much that can be done.
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  5. artsyrobin

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    thanks! so is there anything i need to do, lotion or anything, or just let it alone?
     
  6. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    At this point there really isn't much you can do. You might want to keep any eye on him and watch how he interacts with the other birds. As the comb starts to slough off they my start pecking at the hanging pieces.
     
  7. skyedobb

    skyedobb Chillin' With My Peeps

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    As Opa said, just watch it. Want to make sure infection doesn't set in as the tissue dies and falls off. Watch for swelling around the frostbitten areas, signs of him feeling sick/off, etc. I had a couple roos this winter w/frostbite and they're slowing losing their black bits w/out any adverse-appearing signs. They have continued to act just fine, but when I was a kid, our roo's waddle got all swollen with infection when his got frostbitten, so it can happen.
     
  8. silkydragon

    silkydragon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a rooster with a frost bitten comb dos it just fall off on it own or do i have to cut it off?
     
  9. Chickengal505

    Chickengal505 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Its not very cold down here so we don't see much frostbite but i say if its not severe or hurting the chickens leave it be and let nature run its course however......if the chickens seem in pain get help ,even ask a vet most frostbite cases should be alike in most fowl [​IMG]
     
  10. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    Last spring I closely watched my frostbitten rooster. I had thought that since I put Udder Balm on his comb and wattles I might avoid frost bite. Then the black line on his comb appeared. As the weather warmed I watched everything that was black and all above atrophy. After a coupld of weeks the affected area started drying out and shrinking. A couple of weeks later all of that started dropping off and for several days hung in strips from his head. Finally his once beautiful comb was reduced to looking like he had been dubbed or at the very least like he had a pea comb. I have heard people claim that frostbite can affect their fertility but it never affected his.
     

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