We had our normal very cold Winter this year and you can see the effects of it on the chickens. The black spots on Leopolds head are the tell-tale signs of frostbite.
Leopold almost never left the coop from the middle of January through the middle of February. I don't blame him, looks like he got a healthy dose of frostbite and it was obviously bothering him. I read somewhere that I could have put Vaseline on his crop and comb to prevent this but he doesn't let me get too close to him. I don't think this will have any long term adverse effects, but it may make him look meaner to any potential enemies.
Several of the hens also have little black spots but no one has it anywhere near as bad as Leopold.
Speaking of Leopold, he has been having his way with the girls and he seems to pay Lucy a little bit too much attention. I may have to visit Mandy's Rabbit Ranch and pick up a chicken saddle.
I am an Ocicat. My duties include; security (rodents), counter intelligence (predators), infiltration (sneaking) and night surveillance.
I live in NE Minnesota on 10 wooded acres with; my best friend Mocha, three dogs, chickens, Guinea Hens, Nigerian Dwarf Goats, Cascade Sheep, Icelandic sheep, and a few humans.
When we moved here it was completely wooded, our plan is to turn this property into a working homestead.