Vaseline on combs-when?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Carrie Lynn, Nov 27, 2010.

  1. Carrie Lynn

    Carrie Lynn Chillin' With My Peeps

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    At what temps should one apply vaseline on combs to protect them from frostbite?
     
  2. Judy

    Judy Moderator Staff Member

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    Depends on the humidity level in your coop. I have read that they are fine down to about minus 30 F if well ventilated. I'd check for any sign of moisture or condensation in the coop. They can get frostbbitten at 32 F in a humid environment.
     
  3. Ed62

    Ed62 Chillin' With My Peeps

    This is our first year with chickens. This morning it's 23 degrees F. They already have Vaseline on their combs, trying to be on the safe side. I don't know of a downside to it. We have plenty of ventilation, no bad odors in the coop, and no condensation. But it does get pretty cold in there. I'm considering closing off part of the ventilation, and keeping an eye on it. Colder weather is on the way.

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