Pics added What to do for frostbite?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by lilshadow, Dec 26, 2008.

  1. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I came home after being gone for several weeks, and my poor roosters have severe frostbite on their combs and wattles. What can I do for them? Will this heal up or what. They look so bad. I really need to know what to do for them. Any help would be appreciated.

    I took these pics just a few minutes ago. I went to the vet, but he will not be in until Monday, can this wait until Monday. I really need to care for this asap. I am going to go put vasoline on everyone. My poor birds.
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    These two are the most severe.
     
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  2. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

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    SEARCH frost bite there are alot of people that have dealt with this recently. Sounds to me like the best thing is to dub combs and wattles or they could get systemic infection and die.
    Anyway read all the threads under frost bite.

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  3. oberhaslikid

    oberhaslikid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I spray mine with Bactine or Dermoplast it is a pain reliever too.Then let it heal itself if it opens then I dust with pickling lime and it will scab over and heals right up.
     
  4. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Um, be VERY careful with pain relievers! Anything with "caine" in it can kill your bird! No benzocaine, lidocaine, etc.
     
  5. Chicken Woman

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    Agree with SpeckledHen
     
  6. lilshadow

    lilshadow Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What about this dubbing I am reading about? Will their combs ever be normal again? It hurts me to even look at it. I bought some blu-kote today will that help. Should I even dubb them?
     
  7. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    BluKote is an antibacterial first aid spray. I dont even think it has pain relievers in it, but I'd have to check the bottle. The frostbitten areas are probably very painful now, but the flesh will turn black and die, as I understand it. I've never had any of my birds get this, though. Usually, the pain killer in Neosporin is okay, but remember the combs hurt now, so be very gentle applying it.
    How on earth did they get such bad frostbite? Did you find out?
     
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  8. funonahonda

    funonahonda Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I just went through this with my rooster just tonight, I had to (DUBB) cut his comb off and when it heals I am going to cut his wattles off because of frostbite. Good luck it was hard to do for me, and I mean it made me really sad that I had to do that to one of my chickens.
     
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  9. Attack Chicken

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    That looks bad.. I would dubb him if I were you.
     
  10. ella

    ella Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aw poor babies! It's been ridiculously cold here, that just happens, those guys stay out way longer than they should.

    I've had frostbite on over a dozen hens and roosters, most extremely mild, none turned to infection but none was quite that bad.

    I probably wouldn't dub. I would wait until Monday, if the vet wants to remove it, he'll have the proper equipment to do so safely. It looks like it happened at least 3-5 days ago. There is a sharp line between healthy and dying flesh, it should start scabbing all over like it is on the back of Pi's already.

    If it starts weeping or they become lathargic they'll need antibiotics A.S.A.P.
     

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