Another bad thing about chickens: frozen Single Combs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by jmc, Jan 20, 2011.

  1. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Ducks don't get frozen combs, and Campbell and Harlequin ducks lay more than any chicken in the backyard flock, almost guaranteed.

    As I consider getting back into chx only--from ducks--this is another bad thing about chx that makes me pause.
  2. MuranoFarms

    MuranoFarms Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2009
    Boyers, Pa
    I rub a little vasaline into mine and they don't get frozen. Of course, DH thinks it's "too cold" for them and gives them heat lamps. lol Spoiled brats! I turn them off if it's over 30 though.
  3. Attack Chicken

    Attack Chicken [IMG]emojione/assets/png/2665.png?v=2.2.7[/IMG] Hu

    Sep 25, 2008
    Indianapolis, IN
    I use bag balm on my single combed birds and they don't get to bad in the winter.
  4. karimw

    karimw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 7, 2010
    Eastern IA
    Quote:That stuff is great! The other night I did my roosters' combs then spent an hour working on a broken automatic waterer when it was about 15 degrees out. My left hand was froxen stiff, but the one I used to put the bag balm on the roosters was just fine [​IMG]
  5. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    Yeah, but Campbells are blooming idiots! A more stupid, flighty bird I have yet to come across. I swear that something must have been lost in the domestication process because there is absolutely no way these creatures could survive more than like 5 minutes in the wild. At least chickens are fun to have around and can be handled without it being a major pain for all involved. Campbell ducks are only fun to have around when you don't have to actually interact with them. You can laugh at their antics from afar. Actually having to have physical contact with them is a nightmare. I have 10 Campbells, 9 of which I swear were dropped on their heads by the USPS during delivery. The only reason they haven't made their way to the freezer is that they lay decent eggs and are so scrawny they would be more work to butcher than they are worth.

    And besides- there are other comb styles out there. I deal with cold temps for half the year and have never had frostbite before this year. The only reason I have frostbite this year is because my roo dips his wattles in the waterer. His comb is untouched, though.
  6. JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom

    JoAnn_WI_4-H_Mom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 17, 2009
    West Central WI
    Quote:In a moment of silliness, I tried to figure out a stocking/swim cap for my big combed/big wattled rooster. Needless to say he did not like it.

    Love the big combs and wattles, but the just are not practical in the northern tier states.
  7. jmc

    jmc Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 22, 2008
    South Central MA
    Quote:Thanks. The very skittishness of waterfowl in fact is one of the things that impels me back to chx. Unfortunately, really ALL the best egg chx are Single Comb.

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