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little early to worry about it but Frost bite.

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by sammileah, Jul 28, 2010.

  1. sammileah

    sammileah Songster

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    So on the way back from fair today my son and i are talking about roos and there combs. Our RIR roo's comb got frost bite bad. I was joking about making our rock roo a stocking cap for the winter, but don't think he'd keep it on. would vasaline work?
     

  2. purelypoultry

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    Many people do use vaseline to keep their roosters combs from freezing. I have also heard from some people that used several boxes of vaseline in a winter and still had problems with those cockerels losing the tips of their combs. Ya win some and ya lose some when trying to raise chickens I guess.
     
  3. mjelse

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    If you think about it, vaseline could not have much in the way of insulating properties. Think about a mitten, and how it keeps us warm. Vaseline is not much like that. But perhaps it prevents drying after frostbite. There are websites on this issue and human frostbite. Someone studied it and vaseline or something like it did not work. But i have used it on roosters' combs and it seems to make them look better and cleans them up well. Also: I faced the rooster wattle frostbite issue bigtime the last two years. I took him to the vet once. The vet helped me see that the damage was just superficial and convinced me that cutting off combs and wattles to prevent frostbite was an unnecessary and dangerous practice. What I did this year that helped is have enough birds to keep each other warm and insulate my coop.
     
  4. sammileah

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    ppl cut them off? have 15 and 2 goats all going in the winter coop. i guess i'll make him a hat or just hope for the best.
     

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