Winter is rearing its ugly head - finally! This snow and cold can be hard on your backyard chickens. Did you know that a rooster's comb can get frostbitten? And do you know what happens when a rooster's comb gets frostbitten? His points turn black and fall off! That's what happened to Hucks' comb a few years ago. He is my very suave, non-attacking, gentlemanly Black Maran rooster. I actually keep vaseline in the coop this time of year so that I can lube those combs on nights like tonight. That night, I didn't think it was cold enough to do damage to the boy's combs. I was wrong. Sure enough, the next morning, his comb tips were white. Eventually, they turned black and then...his points fell right off! So he is point-less! Poor Huck. His lovely comb is smooth on the top. It didn't seem to affect his manhood but it probably makes the hens do a double take.