How often do you apply vaseline to combs?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Fombellchicks, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. Fombellchicks

    Fombellchicks Out Of The Brooder

    Mar 7, 2008
    Western PA
    Hi, this is my first winter with chickens. I have been applying vaseline to the ones with large combs in the past few days and I am planning on doing so as long as the temps go below 20 or 25 degrees.

    My question is: do you need to put vaseline on them EVERY night when it gets this cold?

    I have been putting it on in the evening - lots of it - and the next morning I can't even tell that I had put anything on them.

    Do you only put it on the comb or also on the waddles?

    Thank you!
    Last edited: Jan 13, 2009
  2. antiquebuff

    antiquebuff Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 27, 2008
    Franklin, NC
    I hope you get an answer because I would like to know also!
  3. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have a coule that I but it on every night. I put it on the combs and wattles.

    If I can catch some of the others I also put it on there legs to help ward off leg mites.

    Not sure if it has really helped putting in on the wattle and combs as my WLRC still got frostbit. But I figured might as well try.
  4. Alleychick

    Alleychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 19, 2008
    Northern Indiana
    I put vaseline on all 10 of my girls about once a week. It seems to be helping i have noticed on dark spot on thelmas comb but the others are fine and its been getting down in the -15 at nite.
  5. ebonykawai

    ebonykawai Chillin' With My Peeps

    I do it every other day, but only when it get below 15F.
  6. Snakeoil

    Snakeoil Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 10, 2009
    SE Iowa
    I also apply it every other day.
  7. moduckman

    moduckman Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 2, 2009
    Cairo, Missouri
    I rarely put it on my hens... they're smart, they put their heads under their wings.[​IMG] i put it on the males' combs and wattles. I still get some frost bite, but it can't hurt them.

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