Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by tezra, Nov 11, 2015.

  1. tezra

    tezra New Egg

    Nov 3, 2015
    hello, i was wondering if hats for chickens would be an OK idea[​IMG]. it gets cold here in Washington State and i worry about the temperatures. thanks for your time!
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

    May 3, 2009
    New Jersey
    [​IMG] I doubt that the chickens would like the idea. What breeds do you have? The Mediterranean breeds seem to have the most problems with frostbite.
  3. Egghead_Jr

    Egghead_Jr Overrun With Chickens

    Oct 16, 2010
    NEK, VT
    Good ventilation goes a long way in frostbite prevention. If a coop is poorly vented then the humidity rises and will cause frostbite at 32F. If properly vented that excess moisture exits the coop so only the largest of combed birds get a touch of freeze. My temps will dip to -30F and can stay below 0F for up to two weeks. The cock birds with single combs will loose the tips of comb tines at those temps but that's to be expected. Single combed dual purpose hens don't loose any.

    Some will put Vasaline on cock bird combs prior to really cold nights as a protective layer and heat retainer.

    Cock bird will loose some of wattle in freezing temperature from drink out of water dishes or fountains. Bottom of wattle gets wet, freezes and then falls off. Self dubbing. Nipple water systems will prevent that.
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2015

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