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How the heck do you install pinless peepers?

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I got them, with the snap ring pliers, but there are no directions at all! And it's not really intuitive, since the snap ring pliers don't seem to be what I thought they were. Unless I am looking at them wrong, they don't really open up the peepers, at least not that much. Is it different when you heat them up in hot water? Do they open a lot easier that way with the pliers? I'm so confuzzled, and want to put these on the girls tonight if possible.

Also, do they bump into things with them on? Should I wait until the morning to do it or is the evening okay?

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Bumping this up for you. I'd also like to know the answer to these questions.

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This is really hard to describe in words, so bear with me.

You'll definitely need someone to hold the bird for you. It's not hard, but does take practice and there's no way I could have done it at first without someone to hold the bird. Now that I have practice, I can hold the bird with one hand and put on the peepers with the other.

OK, let's see. Put the snap ring pliers through the curved piece that goes over the top of the beak, so that you will come over the top of the head to apply the peepers. When you squeeze the pliers, they should stretch the curved bit slightly so that the pins separate. They won't separate much.

Come over the top of the chicken's head so that the peepers are positioned on either side of her nostrils and the pliers are over the top of her face with the handles pointing up. You're still squeezing the pliers at this point.

Place one pin in one nostril, make sure the other is positioned over the other nostril, and stop squeezing the pliers. The peepers will close into the nostrils. The chicken WILL hate this.

Pull the pliers up and out. Ideally, letting go of the pliers so the peepers close and pulling the pliers up and out should be one smooth motion.

The chicken will shake her head and other hens will peck at her peepers. They get over it.

Nothing worked for my feather plucking problem--it just got worse and worse--until I got the peepers. We use them in the winter when the hens don't want to go outside and get bored in the hen house and then take them off in the spring.

Good luck. It's hard to describe, but you'll get it.

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The chickens are sold! We sold off 150 roosters, hens, cockerels, and pullets and are down to 10 birds. Three ISA Brown, one Amberlink, one blue copper Marans, four black copper Marans and one blue Ameraucana rooster.
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thank you that helps a lot!!

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Very clear, geat description.
Just a couple of questions...is it essential to have the pliers to put n peepers? How do you get them off in the spring and are they reusable?
Thank you.

I'm down to two girls...
Fantine - Hatched May 10 2011, white EE pullet, laid first blue egg Dec. 30, 2011.
Epinine - Hatched Sept 7/8 2011, EE hen, green egg layer.

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I'm down to two girls...
Fantine - Hatched May 10 2011, white EE pullet, laid first blue egg Dec. 30, 2011.
Epinine - Hatched Sept 7/8 2011, EE hen, green egg layer.

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thank you that helps a lot!!


Let us know how it went for you.

Previously Henry'schickens.  DH, 2 DD's, 1 DS, a mutt dog, a german shepherd pup, 3 cats, 3 duckies and lost count on the chickens.  A pair of pilgrim geese. A  Bouron Red Tom. Love 'em all!!
 

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Previously Henry'schickens.  DH, 2 DD's, 1 DS, a mutt dog, a german shepherd pup, 3 cats, 3 duckies and lost count on the chickens.  A pair of pilgrim geese. A  Bouron Red Tom. Love 'em all!!
 

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I don't think the pliers are essential, but they sure are helpful. We didn't buy the super expensive ones that you can get from the same place you get the peepers, but just got some from Home Depot. Ours look like this, but were much cheaper: http://tinyurl.com/nmovv4

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the spring, just slide the pliers down over the chicken's face with the handles up and NOT squeezing the handles. Get the pliers inside the curved part of the peepers and squeeze the handles. The peepers will stretch and you can take them off. Takes only seconds.

We break some by over stretching them to get them off, but most are reusable for next winter.

ETA if you don't want to get the pliers, you probably could use one hand on each side of the peepers to stretch them open and then let them close into the nostrils. You'd definitely need a helper for that.


Edited by WalkingOnSunshine - 9/5/09 at 2:08pm
The chickens are sold! We sold off 150 roosters, hens, cockerels, and pullets and are down to 10 birds. Three ISA Brown, one Amberlink, one blue copper Marans, four black copper Marans and one blue Ameraucana rooster.
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The chickens are sold! We sold off 150 roosters, hens, cockerels, and pullets and are down to 10 birds. Three ISA Brown, one Amberlink, one blue copper Marans, four black copper Marans and one blue Ameraucana rooster.
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I am a new chicken owner (got 6 of them 3 weeks ago thursday) at Murray McMurrays.  We got started pullets Barred rocks and they are beautiful.  One became a bully, plucking everyones feathers so we decided they all were going to get peepers.

 

I held them in a towel while the hubby put them on with just his fingers.  We softened the plastic with hot water and it worked great.  One was a pain but after that first one it was seconds and they all had them on.  We did not want to use the pliers because we were afraid we would hurt them.  The hot water made it extremely easy.  I know its 2014 put I seen this on here and wanted to put my thoughts on it.  I love this site.  Great information for us chicken people :)

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