My rooster has been frost bitten on his comb, I have put petroleum jelly on his comb to keep from getting this. It has been -15 temp and -11, with wind chills of 30 to 40 below. I have keep him in coop with light to help. What else can I do to stop this. I have also heard that this will effect his mateing capabilities. Is this true.
I don't know much about this, but my rooster was getting some frost bite on his comb (not very bad, mind you) and I put some baby oil/witch hazel mix on it and it cleared up pretty fast. From what I understand, witch hazel helps keep the blood flowing to it. I'd like to hear if this is something proven or if it was just a coincidence.
According to my vet, frost bitten combs do not cause roosters to be unable to sire offspring. He says it is an old wives tale. I hear lots of things concerning poultry. Some are true, some are not. Some have to many varibles to pinpoint either true or false
First time I had trouble with frost bitten combs. Thought I was ahead of game. Glad to hear that he will be alright to use to get more like him. Guess next year I'll have to knit him a stocking hat. hopefully not to bad, just on tips.
Post by d12chandler on Jan 8, 2014 17:04:14 GMT -5
Fred, if you have a male you want to show, get a apple box at the store and put some wood chips in it. Put the rooster in the box for the night. I put mine in a building not heated but air tight. Heat in the box will keep comb from freezing. I don't know what you would do if it stayed super cold for a few days. Heat lamp I guess.
Post by chicksooner on Jan 11, 2014 17:43:03 GMT -5
I put all my extra cockerels in cages in a coop with a heat lamp. Minimal frost bite. Now this works for me as I don't have a lot of extras. I had one cockerel that I was taking to show and he had his tips frost bit. I put him in a separate cage and kept treating his comb with veterycine gel and it healed nicely. Never had fertility issues with a frost bit rooster. Good luck.
Maybe from the original post, it was the constant light that they thought would cause the breeding problems? If it was a white heat bulb maybe? I have always wondered this with using light for heat. I am about to set up the lights on timers to trick them into thinking the days were longer. Constant light for heat might contradict this?