Combs look horrible, black - but it's not frostbite

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by vermontgal, Jan 18, 2009.

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    My gals' combs are looking horrible. They are nearly all black.

    I realized that this is because I have been putting vaseline on the combs, and then I gave them a bin full of woodstove ashes to dust bathe in. [​IMG]
     
  2. william9792

    william9792 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i do not see how this will hurt them it will rub off i think in time
     
  3. Splash_Guard

    Splash_Guard Set Free

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    Thanks for the post, I'll have to learn about dust bathing in wood ash as I've not heard of that. Fireplace ashes, right? Hummmmmm. Anyway, before I go into hours of searching, any information on this dust bathing in wood ashes?
     
  4. BJ

    BJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You should be happy that it is just not frostbite! A little dirt won't hurt 'em!
     
  5. crazyhen

    crazyhen Overrun With Chickens

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    Do you use straight wood ashes? They are very alkaline . I would mix with sand. grass will not even grow where you put them until the rain washes some of the stength away. Jean
     
  6. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mixed with sand, yes. The ashes are out of there now, because they were also eating them, and I was worried about too much dust. The combs were scary looking until I realized what it was. I've been worried about frostbite all winter, and it was -30F last week.
     
  7. waynesgarden

    waynesgarden Feathers of Steel

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    Jeeze, why don't you just tar and feather them? [​IMG]

    Wayne
     
  8. vermontgal

    vermontgal Chillin' With My Peeps

    I had a similar scare when they were pooping bright red/pink as chicks. Then I realized my dad had been giving them beet peelings. [​IMG]

    Wayne, they did this treatment to themselves.... but I think people do put tar on chickens, and they are already feathered. [​IMG]
     
  9. americana-chick

    americana-chick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    they should be fine, just give them time [​IMG]
     

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