- Aug 18, 2013
dont know the temp in barn how do u keep it warm in there without lamps
I did put pics upIf you cannot post pictures, extent of the damage frostbite may not be known for a few days. Sometimes they will lose tips of toes, toes and even the whole foot. If possible bring him inside in a dog cage with foot and water to warm up. Spray his feet with Vetericyn wound spray or betadine to help with infection. It may take up to a month or longer when toes may fall off if the damage is bad. Chickens can live nirmally without toes, but if the whole foot is frostbitten, it would be hard to live normally. In this picture below the black toes show exactly where the toes will come off:
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I dont like to put where I live and they been fine on scratch fees for years and I feed them layer pellets and yes oats r good for them and bugs and other stuffWhere are you located? Just a general location, such as a state or region, or Canada, etc is helpful. Pictures will be helpful. Frostbite is very common this time of year. Toes and feet, and combs and wattles are at risk if they get wet or have high humidity inthe coop during freezing temps.
I would suggest switching his feed to something like Flock Raiser, which has 20% protein and is well balanced. Scratch grains, oats and bread is not very nutritious. Scratch only has 7% protein. Oats make up a small percent of chicken feed, but they can be harmful in large amounts. A balanced feed may cost a little more, but that is all he needs.