How can I prevent frost bite while keeping their combs clean?

rockgirl365

Chirping
Aug 2, 2020
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I know this seems like a weird question but my flock of two chickens have started to get frost bite. It's really mild. Only like 2 dots on each comb. I put some ointment on their combs but then they got it dirty. How can I prevent frost bite while keeping their combs clean?
 

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WindingRoad

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I know this seems like a weird question but my flock of two chickens have started to get frost bite. It's really mild. Only like 2 dots on each comb. I put some ointment on their combs but then they got it dirty. How can I prevent frost bite while keeping their combs clean?
#1 It's almost impossible to keep a chicken clean. #2 Is your coop well ventilated; a humid coop can cause frostbite. If your walls are frosted over in the morning you need more ventilation. #3 They might learn to put their heads under each other or under a wing. Good luck.
 

rockgirl365

Chirping
Aug 2, 2020
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Ravenna, MI
#1 It's almost impossible to keep a chicken clean. #2 Is your coop well ventilated; a humid coop can cause frostbite. If your walls are frosted over in the morning you need more ventilation. #3 They might learn to put their heads under each other or under a wing. Good luck.
Do you think I should clean the dirt off their comb?
 

Fallenone05

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Vaseline or ointments can actually cause frostbite due to the liquid content in the rubs.

Like others have suggested, give your coop more ventilation to make it less humid, but keep it from being drafty as drafts can cause sick birds.
 

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