Why Does My Roo Have Frostbite?

DogAndCat36

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He has never had frostbite this bad, even if it is 10 bellow.

My roo is having his 2nd winter this year and he is not dealing well with it. There are some differences this winter compared to last winter and I am wondering if it is the problem.

Last Year
The chickens slept on the floor and winter started slowly.

This year
I put a roost in the coop and winter suddely appered here in the form of a whole day long storm that covered the beautiful grass in ls than a few hours. Also a few chickens came and go.

So I am wondering, is it the sudden storm that gave him frostbite? If so then how?
 

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Aapomp831

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You need to check the ventilation in your coop. When they breathe at night, the moisture and heat rises. If it has nowhere to go, it will settle on their combs, freeze and causes frostbite. Roosters get it the worst because of their larger combs. Good news is it’s not deadly or anything - it will heal up on its own.
 

U_Stormcrow

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Jun 7, 2020
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Last Year
The chickens slept on the floor and winter started slowly.

This year
I put a roost in the coop and winter suddely appered here in the form of a whole day long storm that covered the beautiful grass in ls than a few hours. Also a few chickens came and go.

So I am wondering, is it the sudden storm that gave him frostbite? If so then how?

at a guess? The Roost in the coop buts the bird up higher where it is now exposed to a draft which had been above its head last year, when it was on the floor.

W/o seeing your coop, however, that guess is just that - rampant speculation based on two data points which may, or may not, be relevant. Check your window heights.
 

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