Frostbite: Signs & Symptoms of Frostbite in Chickens
Can chickens get frostbite?
Signs & Symptoms of Frostbite
Yes chickens can get frostbite. The best way to keep them from getting frostbite is prevention. Some chickens like to play in the cold and snow while other's prefer to hang out in the hen house or coop in cold weather. Most heartier breed chicken (except ones that have been kept indoors in a controlled temperature environment) can keep themselves warm because their bodies are naturally designed to create warmth. Even tho they have this natural ability they are still in danger of getting frostbite on their combs, wattles, legs and feet which can cause deformities (Parts or all of combs and wattles can freeze and fall off) and lameness (Legs and feet can freeze and cause lameness and even toes falling off in extreme cases) in chickens.
Symptoms of Frostbite in Chickens are:
Hay can be used in and around the nest boxes and in and around the hen house. Hay works as a natural wind barrier and insulator. If your hens still show signs of distress and symptoms of possible frost bite you should get some insulation and heat in the hen house. Heating your hen house or coop can reduce the amount of feed that your chickens eat in the winter months (they eat more to generate body heat), increase egg production (egg production goes down if they are too cold), and provide them, and reduce the chances of frostbite.
Fire Alarms should be used in hen houses and coops
If you are using a heat source you need a fire alarm. One or two fire alarms should be installed in your hen house/chicken coop.
Adult Chicken's body temperature
A normal adult chicken maintain's a body temperature of 105-107˚F (40.6 to 41.7˚C). The thermo-neutral zone is 65-75˚F (18-24˚C). ..