preventing frostbite

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Picco, Nov 21, 2007.

  1. Picco

    Picco Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 14, 2007
    I have three gorgeous penedesenca cockerels with huge carnation combs. I'd really like to preserve them so they will look great for their first show in the spring. I live in the green mountains on the NY/VT border and the temp drops really low here in the winter. Is there an easy way to prevent frostbitten combs?
  2. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I think you can slather them really well with vasoline..when the temps drop. Also, when you know its going to be lower than say 25....put a heat light over the roost...and keep them locked up untill the weather gets above freezing again. Good luck with the spring shows!!
  3. panner123

    panner123 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 15, 2007
    Garden Valley, ca
    I don't like heat lamps, because of the danger of fire. I use just one (1) 60 watt light per coop 8x12. I have never had a frost bite problem. A couple of times I have found some of the chickens out over night when it snowed. Last year one of my silkies when broody just before a snow strom. Basically she was out in the snow under a bush. When I found her, there were six other hens around her and the roo on top. Only one out of eight the eggs hatched, still pretty good for the conditions. Chickens are a lot tougher than most people give them credit for.
  4. IHeartChickens

    IHeartChickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 13, 2007
    Pacific NW
    I've read the same thing that Deb said.

    My book says to rub vaseline on the combs and wattles to prevent frost bite.
  5. verthandi

    verthandi Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 18, 2007
    It can go to 30 below here a couple of times a year. Any time it looks like it is going to go below 0, I put vaseline on wattles and combs.
    Last edited: Nov 22, 2007
  6. hinkjc

    hinkjc Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    Jan 11, 2007
    Yes, don't forget to coat the wattles. Birds with large wattles tend to dip them in their waterer while getting a drink and they freeze bad. The vaseline helps protect them..not a cure all, but certainly helps.

  7. 2mnypets

    2mnypets Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 11, 2007
    Galesburg, IL.

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