Worrying about frostbite

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Drover, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. Drover

    Drover Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 27, 2011
    I live in an area that gets pretty cold in winter, sometimes dipping to -10 degrees F. I am worried about my buff orp roo. he has waddles that are pretty big. I will try and upload a picture on this post of a roster with waddles about the same size. What can I do to prevent frostbite? thanks!

  2. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Make sure the coop is dry and draft free. Try to minimize the water on his comb & wattles. (if he gets them wet when drinking) and if it is wet or humid you can coat his comb & wattles with vaseline or something like that when it gets very cold.

    Good luck,

  3. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    With wattles that size they are going to be much smaller come spring. There is no way to prevent frostbite on the wattles if you get as cold as you say. The wattles dip into the waterer, freeze, and then... Well, they wither up and fall off, usually with no intervention on your part. They may bleed onto the favorite hen's neck and back during mating, but that is the extent of the damage.

    My roo had a glorious comb and wattles. He got a bad case of frostbite that resulted in him losing most of his wattles due to the waterer freezing them. He was absolutely fine except for the bleeding on his favorite girls. (I nearly had a heart attack seeing blood all over the girls' necks and backs. I searched and searched for wounds on them thinking they were bleeding. Some fellow BYCers helped to spot that the blood was from the roo, and not from the girls.)

    Frostbite can be prevented as Imp said by keeping the coop dry and vented (but draft free), but do not beat yourself up too much if he gets it anyway because it happens sometimes. Vaseline and Bag Balm are good at preventing it from taking hold and doing damage.

    Good luck.

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