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Dr. Michael Salkin
Dr. Michael Salkin, Veterinarian
Category: Bird Veterinary
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Experience:  University of California at Davis graduate veterinarian with 45 years of experience
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It is snowing outside and the coop door was shut when we got

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It is snowing outside and the coop door was blown shut when we got home this afternoon. One of our chickens has a bleeding comb without signs of frostbite (no discoloration). Around the chickens eyes are red and the chicken is sneezing occasionally. We put the chicken in garage in a cage. Should we keep her separated from the others? Or is all the symptoms related to being outside in a snowstorm all day. She is eating and drinking and otherwise normal.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Bird Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

Please note that erythema (reddening) and swelling of frostbitten tissue arises before necrosis (tissue death) and discoloration. We can't know the extent of the damage for a number of days. Bringing her inside and warmed to room temperature is smart. Sneezing is likely due to cold exposure rather than infection and so sequestering her away from the others isn't necessary at this time. In fact, once our chickens sneeze due to infections the rest of the flock has already been exposed as well. It sounds like she's a tough cookie and doing nicely.

Please respond with further questions or concerns if you wish.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
Thank you for your quick response.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.

You're quite welcome. I can't set a follow-up in this venue so please return to our conversation - even after rating - with an update at your convenience.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 1 year ago.
Hi Lisa,
I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?
Dr. Michael Salkin