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

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

  1. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    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 Songster

    Nov 23, 2008
    graham, nc
    i do not see how this will hurt them it will rub off i think in time
  3. Splash_Guard

    Splash_Guard Set Free

    Dec 3, 2008
    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 Songster

    Mar 20, 2007
    You should be happy that it is just not frostbite! A little dirt won't hurt 'em!
  5. crazyhen

    crazyhen Crowing

    Aug 26, 2008
    mtns of ,NC.
    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 Songster

    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

    Mar 30, 2008
    Oxford County
    Jeeze, why don't you just tar and feather them? [​IMG]

  8. vermontgal

    vermontgal Songster

    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 Songster

    Jun 18, 2008
    they should be fine, just give them time [​IMG]

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