We have one polish chicken, named Blondie, who is so awkward, and is at the bottom of the pecking order. We rescued her from death when all the hens were ganging up on her The back of her head was pecked bare and raw. We kept Blondie in a separate coop for a while until the wound healed and feathers began growing, during which time Blondie began crowing!
Now that He is out of the coop and running with the other chickens, we see that his vision is really affected by the head feathers. I have never seen his eyes. He bumped in the fence while I watched today. He moves very gawky, and is fearful. Also he spent most of the day up a tree (a semi-dwarf apple tree).
My question is: Would it be all right to trim away some feathers, so he can see where he is going? Would it be painful or dangerous to him to trim these close enough to be effective?