roo's wattles look swollen what could be the problem?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by miohippus, Dec 11, 2013.

  1. miohippus

    miohippus Songster

    Sep 23, 2010

    ignore the blue spots i dyed his head blue so the others would stop pecking his head and some got on his waddles.

    This is what they normally look like

    He keeps shaking his head also. It i has been very cold here recently don't know if it could have any thing to do with it.
    Last edited: Dec 11, 2013

  2. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Crowing

    Jul 24, 2013
    It looks like his wattles are frostbitten. Frostibe is relatively common in the winter, especially in birds with long wattles. The wattles dip in the water when a bird drinks, and that makes them more susceptible to frostbite. To help prevent frostbite, you can put petroleum jelly on the wattles. It can also work to change to a cup or nipple waterer, as these prevent a bird from dipping his wattles into the water. Unfortunately, once a bird has frostbite, you can't treat it. Rubbing VetRX on the wattles and antibiotic ointment can minimize damage and prevent infection, but it won't heal it.
  3. Mahlzeit

    Mahlzeit Songster

    Jul 16, 2007
    Long Island NY
    I agree it looks like the start of frost bite to me. Get some Vaseline and cover his wattles with it.
  4. miohippus

    miohippus Songster

    Sep 23, 2010
    ok, thanks.

  5. R.M.Qureshi

    R.M.Qureshi Songster

    Jun 20, 2011
    Lahore , Pakistan
    Swollen waddles are also one of the symptoms of Coryza. Please google for other symptoms and match with your bird.
  6. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Free Ranging Premium Member 7 Years

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
    Swollen wattles are also a sign of fowl cholera, but there looks to be a line where the rooster may have dipped his wattles into a water bowl, then it was frozen by the cold air. There have been 30 or so cases here on the emergency forum in the last couple of days. Everyone please make sure you have plenty of overhead ventilation to get rid of humid air in your coops, and take out the waterbowls or raise them higher to keep the wattle out.
  7. miohippus

    miohippus Songster

    Sep 23, 2010
    he doesn't have any other symptoms and the swelling has gone way down to day so i think it is frost bite.

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