Preparing a Rooster's Comb for Winter

| 12/2/2014 8:26:00 AM

Tags: chickens, roosters, winter, Virginia, Amy Fewell,

Did you know that most rooster combs don't need any special frostbite preventatives during the winter months?

Contrary to popular belief, most breeds are very well equipped to deal with the cold. But good husbandry skills will ensure very little frostbite irritation for your rooster and other large-combed chicken breeds. This blog post is about protecting your chickens' comb, but frostbite can also afflict the feet, mainly on snowy days. (This is a topic for another day.)

There are a few things that you can do for your chickens this winter, especially for your rooster, without having to apply anything to his comb, and without having to put a heat lamp in your coop (which I do not suggest), in order to keep combs and wattles healthy and your birds happy.

Here are a few things you need to consider before the frigid winter months set it.

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