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Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Ccfpoultry, Feb 3, 2015.

  1. Ccfpoultry

    Ccfpoultry Hatching

    Feb 3, 2015
    New member here from Worcester, VT. Fairly new to raising chickens & hope gain some valuable knowledge, thanks. With that said, can anyone tell me what's going on with my roo's comb?


  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Bird is the Word

    Mar 21, 2011
    New Mexico, USA
    My Coop
    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    That looks like frostbite to me. You need to get some bag balm on his comb to help soothe it and heal the skin. It will also protect his comb. Frost bite can be very painful so be very easy when you rub anything on it. The black portions will most likely fall off. Rub this in every evening until this heals or winter is over.

    Next, improve the ventilation in your coop. 1 square foot of vent space per bird in the eaves, some on one side of the eaves and some on the other side. One side of venting higher than the other. Lower your roost bar too, closer to the floor. Don't let them roost in the rafters. Chickens put out a lot of moisture with pooping and breathing all night long. This moisture needs to go somewhere or it will rise and fall back down on the birds as water or frost.

    Here is a good article on ventilation that might help you....

    I hope you can get him all healed up soon!
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  3. Yorkshire Coop

    Yorkshire Coop Moderator

    Aug 16, 2014
    Yorkshire, UK
    My Coop
    Hi :welcome
    Glad you could join the flock! Sorry to hear about your roo. Hope with the great advice from TwoCrows you are able to get him back to full health and his comb better. This is also a nice article on frostbite

    Wishing you the best of luck and hope you enjoy BYC :frow
  4. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    Welcome to BYC![​IMG] I'm glad you joined.

    Yes, that does look like frostbite.Two Crows has given you some good advice and Yorkshire Coop has left you with a nice link. Ventilation is a common cause of frostbite. However, in my experience even with plenty of ventilation, when it gets very cold (below 0 or close to that), you'll still end up with some frostbite. Some birds are more susceptible to it, as they have thinner combs or larger combs. You could try putting some vaseline or petroleum jelly on the comb to help prevent further frostbite.

    Good luck with your rooster!
  5. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    [​IMG] I'm glad you joined us!

    The other posters have given you some good advice.

    Good luck with your rooster!
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years.

    Aug 26, 2009
    Out to pasture
    Aw poor rooster? Glad you joined the flock
  7. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Crowing

    May 14, 2014
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you decided to our flock. You're rooster definitely has frostbite. TwoCrows has given you some good advice on treating it. Please feel free to ask any questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. Good luck with your rooster.
  8. PirocaKeeper

    PirocaKeeper Chirping

    Nov 21, 2014
    Western Massachussetts
    Welcome to BYC. Glad you joined the flock. Those are frostbites, but you have come to the right place to learn. Everyone here is very helpful and I can see you already some really good advice.[​IMG]
  9. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO.

    Jun 15, 2012
    Welcome to BYC! I'm glad you joined us! It looks like your rooster has frostbite.
  10. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons

    Apr 23, 2014
    My Coop
    Welcome to BYC! Please make yourself at home and we are here to help.

    X2 on Two Crows excellent advice.

    If it gets worse you need to isolate him from the flock until he heals.

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