Monday, January 12, 2015

Tutorial: how to prevent frozen combs

With this cold snap, keep an eye on single-comb chickens for signs of frozen combs.
Combs are the chickens' radiator. They help regulate temperature. In the wintertime, combs can freeze.
This comb was partially frozen.

When combs freeze, it can stop them from breeding or worse, they can die.

Usually, the roosters with single combs are the ones affected. You can prevent it by putting Vaseline on the combs as it gets colder.

This helps insulate the comb, even in an unheated coop.

As always, ask further questions in the comment section.

--Dale, aka Turkeyman

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