Slightly discolored comb.... Should I worry?

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  1. Katchiren

    Katchiren New Egg

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    My chicken has a slightly discolored comb, and were not sure if its frostbite or something serious.
    I noticed it when we came home this morning. Please Help!
     
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  2. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    It looks like it is frostbite. I have roosters with large combs, so unfortunately I have experience with this. The most serious frostbite swells and turns black when the tissue dies and then falls off. Less serious frostbite, probably like your hen's will be white and the outer skin will peel some. I have read that frostbitten tissue is more apt to get further frostbite and it should also be handled gently so as not to damage the tissue. If you are going to have more really cold nights you may want to raise the temp in the coop and make sure the humidity is not too high. Or you could carefully apply some petroleum jelly to her comb which could help protect it.
     
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  3. herechilychiky

    herechilychiky Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hello, welcome to BYC!
     
  4. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hi there, [​IMG] and welcome to BYC!

    Yep, looks like frost bite. Scratch N Peck has set you on a good path with the vaseline. Rub some on, gently, at roosting time to protect the comb. Make sure not to close all your vents down in the winter. The moisture from breathing and pooping builds up and freezes, falls back down as frost on combs. So keep some air circulating all the time.

    Good luck with your babies and enjoy BYC!
     
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    Welcome to BYC from Southern California! [​IMG]
     
  6. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! Good luck treating your girls comb, hope she gets better.
     
  7. gander007

    gander007 Chicken Obsessed

    Alright [​IMG] great to have you joining us here at BYC [​IMG]




    Go ahead and ask what other members might do if this were their
    chicken and what to expect [​IMG]
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  9. liz9910

    liz9910 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! Sorry to hear about your hen, you have received some good advice here. Best of luck to you.
     

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