What does a frostbitten comb look like?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Trishkabob, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. Trishkabob

    Trishkabob Chillin' With My Peeps

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    it is cold here and I just want to make sure I know what to look for just in case. does a comb that has frostbite get black like skin?
    we don't insulate our coop, have 4 hens, 5-10 months old, no molting...all is well so far but as temp.s hit single digits I am checking daily for signs of stress.
    it would be really tough to get hold of one of our girls to do the Vaseline thing-she hates to be picked up. But if we must we must.....thanks.
     
  2. miss_thenorth

    miss_thenorth Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 28, 2007
    SW Ont, Canada
    The tips of the combs/wattles will get black. If your unheated coop has good ventilation, you shouldn't have too much worries. We have had -20 C temps here, and no frostbite. The only time I had frostbite was my first year when I stressed about the cold and put in a heat lamp. That year my roo got frostbite. Never since.
     
  3. LivinNewDreamInND

    LivinNewDreamInND Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My Black Star rooster has an enormous single comb and he got frost bite [​IMG] It turned really hard and pale first and then eventually black. I had even treated it with bag balm trying to prevent frost bite. It makes me feel terrible every time I see it. He is the only one of my birds who has gotten it. I hope you are able to avoid it. I am never getting another single comb bird.
     

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