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

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    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

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    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 True BYC Addict

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  4. kuchchicks

    kuchchicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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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