My rooster has a frostbit comb...

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by shelleyd2008, Dec 22, 2008.

  1. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    We had our first real cold night last night. One of my OEGB boys has a blue-grey comb [​IMG] None of them are dubbed, but I know a lot of people do it. The comb is not black, but it obviously got too cold last night. Even the chicks with heat lights had frozen water this morning, so I know it was pretty cold. Anyway, since it is not black, will it get better? Or should I just think about dubbing it? How would I do that?
     
  2. ChickLuver

    ChickLuver Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I say no to dubbing. If it wasn't suppose to be there it would'nt be!!! Put some vaseline on them. It will moisturize them and protect from future frost bite. I just think dubbing opens them up to infection possiblities....but it just my opnion. Good luck
     
  3. snowydiamonds

    snowydiamonds Chillin' With My Peeps

    I'd wait and see if it really is frostbit, as I did w/my BO and his was. Once I saw his comb was white and then turning black, I also noticed all he wanted to do was sleep and nothing else so I dubbed and he is getting back to his wonderful self again. Last night he was talking again, hasn't crowed yet but that'll happen soon. I dubbed on Saturday night. He'd got frostbit a week before. Watch yours, keep a good eye on him...keep telling us how he's doing, please.

    Here's where I posted about mine and learned from others:
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=113768
    and,
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=114549
     
    Last edited: Dec 22, 2008
  4. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD Premium Member

    Frostbit won't turn black for a few days or a week when the tissue becomes necrotic. If it does turn black, watch for infection, as if it goes systemic it can kill.
     
  5. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    Well, it looks like I may have a lot of comb-less roos on my hands. I have 8 red pyle cockerels, and of the 6 that I saw today (I was not home much) everyone of them had some part of their combs changed [​IMG]
     

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