Vaseline and dirt

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Lipkis, Feb 17, 2008.

  1. Lipkis

    Lipkis In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2007
    Kennesaw, GA
    In Georgia it can get really cold believe it or not.

    We started to notice that our girls' crowns started to get a little dry and I've read up that adding just a dab of vaseline can protect it from the cold.

    So mom and I put a little, just a little, vaseline on our girl's crown's and left it at that. The next day we walked out and realized that the silly things had rubbed their heads alogn the ground andnow the very tops of their heads are surrounded by a crown of dirt! So now even though China, Truffles, and Queenie have the most supple crowns in a ten mile radius they have dirty heads.

    Is this normal for them to do that? Will the dirt go away? Should we do it again when it gets cold? has this happened to anyone else?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Maybe they took a dust bath and got it all over their heads. They should be fine. I've never personally put vaseline on my birds combs. On average, our night lows are in the low 30's, with just a few weeks in the 20's at night.

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