frostbite prevention: lard?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by 6chickens in St. Charles, Nov 1, 2010.

  1. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I saw in Backyard Poultry a reference to using lard on feet/combs/wattles to help prevent frostbite. anybody else here use it?

    I think it would be preferable to vaseline (petroleum product) in case the chickens ingest some. Also would not be flammable. I know it sounds ridiculous, but as a nurse I've seen it all. People use vaseline stuff on their lips and nose and light up............of course I'll check the chicken's dresser drawers for lighters and paraphernalia...............

    Lard may contain BHT, a carcinogen. I'll have to check that out.

    A wound-care nurse told me Eucerin cream is nothing more fancy than repackaged Crisco vegetable oil. That also contains BHT. I know we eat it in cookies, etc. but the dose is much greater to a 4 pound chicken.

    so, anybody use anything to help prevent frostbite? Thanks.
     
  2. ghillie

    ghillie Hen Pecked

    Nov 13, 2008
    Colorado Springs, Co
    I use udder balm....
     
  3. Luke0987654321

    Luke0987654321 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:ditto


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  4. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    Quote:THats petroluem based as well [​IMG]
    Raw coconut oil is good.
    Lard is good, as long as its lard you have made yourself, or you buy grassfed lard.
    The stuff in the store is full of junk and highly processed.
     
  5. 6chickens in St. Charles

    6chickens in St. Charles Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:THats petroluem based as well [​IMG]
    Raw coconut oil is good.
    Lard is good, as long as its lard you have made yourself, or you buy grassfed lard.
    The stuff in the store is full of junk and highly processed.

    I LOVE the coconut oil idea! In the cold it should provide a nice thick barrier. Does it ever flake off?
     
  6. PaulaJoAnne

    PaulaJoAnne Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 30, 2009
    6chickens in St. Charles :

    Quote:THats petroluem based as well [​IMG]
    Raw coconut oil is good.
    Lard is good, as long as its lard you have made yourself, or you buy grassfed lard.
    The stuff in the store is full of junk and highly processed.

    I LOVE the coconut oil idea! In the cold it should provide a nice thick barrier. Does it ever flake off?​

    Saturated fats do not flake, they naturally soak in.
    We use raw non refined to heal issues when they crop up as well.

    Best prevention of frostbite, is to make sure there is no moisture building up in the coop at night.
     

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