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PostPosted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 8:49 pm 
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I thought since show season is approaching as is Canberras poultry 2012 I would bring up the topic of comb dressing , what works for you?, what you like to use?, what have you tried but didn't like?, Recipies?

I use the good old baby oil , works great on the day but find it can somtimes leave like a flaky once it had all dried up a few days later , so open for sujjestions and ideas :biggrin:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:08 pm 
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Vegtable oil works OK too . Stay away from petroleum based oils or greases .
When you polish a pair of boots the shoe polish is dull when you put it on . It is only nice and shiny once most of it is removed . Same applies to the combs and wattles . Just a small amount on and then rub most ofit off ( no residue is then left )


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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 3:55 pm 
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Good advice Mart :thumbs:

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PostPosted: Tue Jan 31, 2012 8:57 pm 
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I like to use olive oil


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a friend of mine who always has most impeccably presented birds told me that they use ponds nightcream :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: :rofl: i haven't tried it yet

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PostPosted: Thu Feb 02, 2012 10:14 am 
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Might have to watch out using that, on say Wyandottes ( it might take out the rough bits required on Wyandotte comb ) :wink:


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I use a product called final bloom (iit is a Sullivan Cattle product designed to give a coat a shiny look) it is an aerosol and i find it is beautiful and ven and is great with the 'dottes to get into all of the nooks and crannys of the comb . . . but a little exy!

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Last season we tried Emu oil and quite liked it. We used it on both legs and head gear. On very cold mornings the oil thickens a bit in the bottle but still works fine. It has a very fine texture like a machine oil and it doesn't overshine. It didn't result in any peeling or scaling either. The downside is that it's less easy to get hold of and can be a bit expensive. Mind you, a bottle is obviously going to last a very long time.

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 8:50 am 
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I still find I get fairly good results with the head and leg dress I have been using for 30 plus years which is a solution of Olive Oil and Vinegar Mixed in equal proportions rub it on sparingly and buff it off

Worst Case senario if they loose you have the dressing for a Chicken Caeser Salad :rofl:

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2013 10:58 pm 
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Hi guys

I use a 50/50 mix of olive oil and rubbing alcohol. The alcohol acts as an irritant bringing blood to the surface in the comb for a nice bright red and the oil gives the nice shine. I have never had problems with this dressing causing dryness even tho everyone tells me it must.

On the legs I use a spray that is for bringing up the sheen in a horses tail (we found an old bottle left in the shed when we moved here) the label has since rubbed off so I don't know what it is, dreading the day it runs out because it works a treat
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 3:59 pm 
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I will put this recipe here as I've just come across it. I haven't tried it. It comes from "Managing Poultry for Exhibition" by H. Easom Smith, page 95.

Forumula for Head Dressing

2 oz. spirits of wine
1 oz. camphorated oil
1 oz. glycerine
1/4 oz. citric acid

Mix well. Apply sparingly, and only when required.

(He says he had it made up by a chemist.)

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 6:36 pm 
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I had this recipe or one very like it made up by a chemist about 30 years ago. The chemist was very curious as to what I wanted it for.


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sweet almond oil is very good as well....it is not greasy, doesn't scale and the bird still looks good the next day.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:00 pm 
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Not that I show, but if one of my chooks' combs look dry I use coconut oil. It's just what we have lying around because the OH has very dry skin and uses it on his face. Very good for skin, so why not for combs? Just don't tell him.

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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:35 pm 
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blackleghorn wrote:
I had this recipe or one very like it made up by a chemist about 30 years ago. The chemist was very curious as to what I wanted it for.
Chicken07 wrote:
I will put this recipe here as I've just come across it. I haven't tried it. It comes from "Managing Poultry for Exhibition" by H. Easom Smith, page 95.

Forumula for Head Dressing

2 oz. spirits of wine
1 oz. camphorated oil
1 oz. glycerine
1/4 oz. citric acid

Mix well. Apply sparingly, and only when required.

(He says he had it made up by a chemist.)


I use a variation of that recipe on all my show birds, the camphorated oil is no longer obtainable so you have to make your own and you need to substitute spirits of wine for other spirits, but it works equally as well.


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