Use of petroleum jelly on combs

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by crazychick26201, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. crazychick26201

    crazychick26201 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have read several places that putting petroleum jelly on combs and wattles will protect from frostbite. So I did this. now what? My chicks combs and wattles are coated with dirt. I can't tell if they have frostbite or not! Do they clean it off themselves, does it get absorbed, or should I wash it off once it gets warm? This is my first experience with chickens. please advise.
     
  2. I've put lots of Vaseline on my birds. They can't really get frostbite with it on (well, im sure they can,but it proved to prevent it at -60, and i dont think WV gets -60! :) ) Once it rubs off / gets absorbed, then apply more. It's ok if is dirty.
     
  3. crazychick26201

    crazychick26201 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My girls look like little coal miners (Lol). If it gets to -60 in West Virginia, I'm moving!
     
  4. Lol!

    Like I said, just reapply. I applied it daily during fall, since they'd wipe it off in the dirt. If that's what's happening to your girls, you might need to apply daily / every other day.
     

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