Frostbite preventative measures

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by threescompany, Sep 15, 2014.

  1. threescompany

    threescompany Songster

    Aug 3, 2014
    Have read that you can apply vaseline or bag balm to the comb and wattles to protect them from the cold. Experienced folks, what have you found to work best or do you have other suggestions? I know that keeping the coop dry is key and good ventilation but I am trying to get my medical kit up to speed so I can be ready if it gets really cold.
  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Petroleum jelly does work, but you hit the nail on the head when you mentioned ventilation. If that humidity can't escape, this you'll lose those tips of the comb....And I imagine it probably hurts.
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  3. Mrs. K

    Mrs. K Crowing

    Nov 12, 2009
    western South Dakota
    Dry is the key....... anything else is pretty iffy. Do NOT close the coop up tight unless it is HUGE.
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  4. JackE

    JackE Crowing

    Apr 26, 2010
    North Eastern Md.
    I'm north of you, and in the winter, get temps down into the single digits. With that cold air coming right off the Chesapeake bay. I have some BRs, with some good sized combs on them, and have never had any problems with frostbite. I don't put anything on them. My coop is unheated, uninsulated, and open-air(The whole front wall is open). The key, as mentioned, is good ventilation. Don't fall into the trap of closing your coop up, in some misguided attempt to "Keep them warm". Keeping them in a poorly ventilated box causes a lot more problems than just some cold weather.
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  5. threescompany

    threescompany Songster

    Aug 3, 2014
    Thanks for the advice everyone!! I am in the Piedmont of NC. We can have very mild winters or harsh ones. This year many are predicting colder so I want to be prepared!
  6. donrae

    donrae Hopelessly Addicted

    Jun 18, 2010
    Southern Oregon
    You're in North Carolina, I'm thinking even your "harsh" winters aren't going to be a danger to your birds. Folks in the very northern US and Canada do okay with only keeping their birds dry most of the time, so were I you I wouldn't stress over it.
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  7. threescompany

    threescompany Songster

    Aug 3, 2014
    Thanks!! It is like being a first time parent. You stress over things you shouldn't!

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