Diaper ointment / diaper cream for frostbite protection?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by thecitychicken, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. thecitychicken

    thecitychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    I live in the Pacific N.W. where it usually doesn't get below freezing. Last few days it's been in the single digits. I only have three hens at the moment. One is a brown Leghorn with a big floppy comb. I have read differing opinions on these message boards about using greasy stuff of any kind on combs as frostbite protection. Today I put zinc-based diaper ointment/cream on my Leghorn's comb. It's opaque white and very thick. Was that dumb that I just did that? She scratched at it; I hope she doesn't scratch too much. Anyway, I might have done nothing to help, but I'm just hoping I at least didn't do any harm. Thanks! ~~Katy
     
  2. frankenchick

    frankenchick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sorry, I don't have any wisdom to impart.

    I'm curious about the advice against greasy stuff; I put a balm made of olive oil, beeswax, and rosemary oil on my girls. I warm it up and then apply it. They may fuss at first, but then seem to enjoy it. I don't glob it on, maybe that makes a difference.
     
  3. thecitychicken

    thecitychicken Out Of The Brooder

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    Update: Nothing bad happened to my hen that I put diaper ointment on (her comb). It eventually rubbed off, and she looks fine. Just thought I'd say that! [​IMG]
     

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