Is this head shake from the frost bite our cold winter gave my poor Jerk?

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  1. canehdianchick

    canehdianchick Chirping

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  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    That's from frostbite, roosters do that when their combs feel uncomfortable. He will heal up without any intervention and the blackened parts will fall off eventually.
     
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  3. canehdianchick

    canehdianchick Chirping

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    Poor bugger! I vaselined it in our cold snaps but I was no match ... next year I will be better prepared.
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Chicken tender Premium Member

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    Here Vaseline does nothing against the bitter cold of winter and frostbite on combs is inevitable most years. Most of my large combed roosters get dubbed by nature. Smaller combed breeds do better in colder climates but even than they can take a hit. Roosters don't tuck their heads under a wing at night like hens do which can contribute to frostbite.
     

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