We’ve been battling harsh winter elements this week, from freezing rain to snow and bitterly cold temperatures, the likes of which we have not experienced in years. We welcomed two new chicks, which hatched on New Year’s Day. The flockers are holding up well to the cold and snow that fell later in the week, but the roosters have been fending off frostbite with all their might.
Blaze, (Black Copper Marans rooster) shows signs of mild frostbite on his comb and wattles.
Mr. Chicken Chick laughs at me nightly as I don my spelunker headlamp and trudge out to the coops, Eucerin cream in hand, to slather up the roosters’ combs and wattles. After dark is the best time to treat chickens for any purpose including frostbite, checking feet for bumblefoot or external parasites. If you don’t have a headlamp, I highly recommend acquiring one. Disregard any heckling from the family.
Penny. Poor Penny, molting hard at the worst of all possible times of the year. She’s holding up with plenty of friends surrounding her on the roost at night and in feathered huddles during the way when necessary. Penny is an Olive Egger.