It's starting to get cold, how do you prevent frostbite?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Miss Sebright, Oct 16, 2009.

  1. Miss Sebright

    Miss Sebright Little Hen.....Big Attitude!

    Apr 3, 2009
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    I have several chickens with large combs, and I don't want them to freeze this winter. I heard somewhere to put vasaline on their combs, but I really dont know. Could someone help me?
     
  2. shelleyd2008

    shelleyd2008 the bird is the word

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    That's right, putting vaseline on their combs is one way. Make sure you have plenty of ventilation in your coop so their's no moisture build-up. You can put a heat light in it to keep the temps above freezing, but if your coop is well ventilated (yet properly insulated) they should be fine. Just massaging their combs can help as well, it gets the blood flowing.
     
  3. Miss Sebright

    Miss Sebright Little Hen.....Big Attitude!

    Apr 3, 2009
    In a nutshell
    Thank You!
     
  4. Hotwings

    Hotwings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Vaseline on birds with big combs and a heat lamp when it really gets cold. A lot of certain breeds are pretty winter hardy ie Buffs, barred rocks and australorps. Many birds enjoy eating snow! It is like ice cream to them!
     

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