Silkie Roo Frostbitten Comb - PLEASE HELP!!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by kuchchicks, Jan 29, 2016.

  1. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2015
    I just went out to feed and check all of my chickens. I found my silkie rooster with a black hard comb. I check on my chickens everyday but because his comb was very dark to begin with I never noticed any issues. His comb is virtually black anyway, but what drew my attention to it today was that it just looked "off". I picked him up and that is when I noticed that it is really hard on the top 1/3. His waddles and feet all look good. But the comb I am concerned with. I have been applying vaseline to try to prevent frostbite, and the coops I keep as dry and well ventilated as I can. At this point unfortunately it appears that my efforts have failed. I want to know if there is anything that I can do to save his comb or will it end up falling off? Or even more frightening, do I have to worry about infection killing him?!!!
  2. BoomChickaPop

    BoomChickaPop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 24, 2016
    Relaxing with my Buns
    Put Coconut oil on his comb that stops frost bite
    Could you post a picture that would really help
    I had a bantam roo he lost the top part of his comb cause I couldn't catch him to put coconut oil on his comb.
    Now he looks dubbed
    But if you can catch it soon than there is a chance his comb will stay beautiful
    Please post a picture
  3. Eggcessive

    Eggcessive Flock Master Premium Member

    Apr 3, 2011
    southern Ohio
  4. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 8, 2015
    Thank you both. I will attempt to get a picture tomorrow. The coloring is not far off of what his comb normally looks like. He's a white silkie roo and his comb was that blackish-red color that is often seen (I fell in love with him because of the coloring of the comb actually). I think the reason I did not notice it sooner is that the color is still pretty much the same. I just noticed it because it did not look "flexible", I guess. It is now very dry and very, very hard. I could not move it or bend it on the top part of it. I am just assuming that it is frostbite and it has gotten to the point where the flesh is dead.

    I am relieved to hear that it is common and usually does not cause much more than loss of the comb. He's only about a year old and he's doing a great job of "knocking up" my girls! LOL!!!

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