What temperature to worry about waddles & combs?

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by Smitty's Farm, Dec 5, 2007.

  1. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Don't know if this is the righ spot to post, so feel free to move if need be.
    I have 6 RIR pullets that were hatched on April 11th, so they are almost 8 months old. I read in one of my books that their waddles & combs are prone to frost bite in severe weather. I was wondering what temp you need to worry and how to treat. I have read about some people coating them with petroleum jelly. It's 30 something degrees F here right now with 20 - 30 mph N winds and it says it feels like 21 degrees F. Temps are dropping. They are predicting icy - rain. Should I go lather up the waddles & combs w/ petroleum jelly now? If not, when to worry? I also EE & Silverlaced Wyandottes same age........do they need it to?
    Thanks,
    Kim
     
  2. Pinenot

    Pinenot Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Sep 11, 2007
    I have never had any trouble with my hens. I have had trouble with my roos. They have bigger combs and there isn't good blood flow in the combs and waddles. I would put the vasaline on them if you are worried. They can get frost bit in the 30's if the humidity is high. Better to be safe than sorry [​IMG]
     
  3. Smitty's Farm

    Smitty's Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 24, 2007
    St Clair County, Il
    Quote:Thanks! I am worried b/c it will drop in the 20's at some point. I think I'm going to just to be on the safe side. The wind today is wicked. I keep thinking they will have kinds of stuff sticking to the vasaline. It will be interesting.
    Thanks again,
    Kim
     

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