Fostbite Prevention

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by trishok8, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. trishok8

    trishok8 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is it that you put on the combs and wattles?
    Vaseline? I read it once here, but can't remember.

    Thanks all.
     
  2. HennysMom

    HennysMom Keeper of the Tiara

    I read Vaseline or A&D...

    its awfully cold here in VA today and last night it was 22! BRR!
     
  3. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Oklahoma
    When it's cold, I will put baby oil and a coating of Vaseline on the combs. If it is RIDICULOUSLY cold...I put IcyHot and Vaseline on the comb. The trick is to increase blood flow to the comb to prevent it from freezing. Along with the increased bloodflow, the comb regains moisture. Once the moisture is gone...the comb has an increased chance of freezing off because there is little or no heat being exuded from the extremities.
     
  4. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Dub them. [​IMG] It's a one-time only application and you never have to worry about frost-bite again, nor do you have to mess with the daily slathering of petroleum jelly products.

    edited for wordage. [​IMG]
     
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  5. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Oklahoma
    True...but if you'd prefer for the birds to have a nice thermo-regulation system...you might want to keep that comb on there...

    Especially if these birds are show birds. You can't dub birds unless it is in their breed standard if you intend to show them at APA sanctioned shows.
     
  6. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    You can use vasaline or thick cream like eucerine.
     
  7. RickiHupp

    RickiHupp Chillin' With My Peeps

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    [​IMG] What does "dub" mean?
     
  8. SundownWaterfowl

    SundownWaterfowl Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:Dub means to cut the comb off.
     
  9. lovemychix

    lovemychix Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've heard that helps!! Any sauve to protect the area. Reminds me of growing up and my mom and her can of sauve that she put on everything. [​IMG]
     
  10. Cuban Longtails

    Cuban Longtails Flock Mistress

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    Quote:More info on Dubbing can be found Here.

    Of course, if you do show your fowl and dubbing is not required by the breed standard (as it is with Old English and American Gamefowl), then you're probably going to have to give them special attention to keep frost-bite from occuring.

    Also, provide your chickens with wide roosts so that they don't lose any toes. [​IMG]
     

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