What do I put on hens chapped comb?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by DianeB, Oct 11, 2009.

  1. DianeB

    DianeB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My chickens combs are getting chapped as the weather has become colder. I just took them to the vet and know that the dry skin is just that. I was thinking of using coconut oil I have on hand. Is that okay?

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  2. JayBird+16

    JayBird+16 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't know about the coconut oil. I use vasoline.
     
  3. DianeB

    DianeB Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Doesn't vaseline just seal in the moisture? I want something that will moisturize. Besides, it isn't cold enough here to use vaseline.

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  4. KittyKelly

    KittyKelly Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I use vaseline too...but maybe you could use plain ol' hand lotion? [​IMG]
     
  5. Uppity Peon

    Uppity Peon Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have never had that problem but bag balm is wonderful stuff. Ask for it at a feed store.
     
  6. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Neither vaseline nor coconut oil contain moisture; they will oil the surface up so you don't see flaky whitish skin, and they may help seal in what moisture is already in the skin, but it is not clear to me that there should be much of any difference between the two. Except the price. Personally I'd be saving expensive coconut oil for something where it is more specifically called for, and using the cheap vaseline on the hens [​IMG]

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     

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