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A question of muffed birds

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by andythescot, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. andythescot

    andythescot Songster

    Nov 29, 2009
    Central Mass
    Do any/many of you cut/pluck your birds muffs in the summer months? I've seen a lot of pictures of birds, especially EEs, with no muffs. So I'm wondering if people do that so they stay cooler in the summer months.

  2. chicmom

    chicmom Dances with Chickens

    Feb 24, 2009
    Strasburg Ohio
    Sometimes, with muffed breeds, you'll get some chicks that hatch, and for some reason, the have no muff. Maybe the genetics were off in that particular bird. I don't know of anyone who trims the muffs.
  3. Dixiedoodle

    Dixiedoodle Songster

    Apr 14, 2007
    I have true Ameraucanas and one of my black girls was born w/ no muff! All her siblings have big fluffy muffs but Lola has no muffs and no tail.. And if you notice sometimes after a muffed bird eats/drinks their muffs are not really visible.. it gets 'slicked' down..
  4. 3chimama

    3chimama Songster

    May 8, 2010
    Pacific Northwest
    I have never heard of anyone doing this.
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I've never trimmed muffs... but roost mates have picked them off.
  6. WoodlandWoman

    WoodlandWoman Crowing

    May 8, 2007
    I've heard of some people trimming crests so their chickens can see better, especially Polish hens. Not usually muffs, though. With hatchery chickens, they don't all have the big muffs that show quality chickens have. Mixed breed chickens like EEs sometimes don't have any. Some hatchery silkies don't, either.
  7. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees

    Quote:I have a splash Ameraucana roo right now that only has half his muff as he allows his girls to groom it for him. [​IMG] He looks strange without it!.
    Last edited: Oct 26, 2010

  8. CMV

    CMV Flock Mistress

    Apr 15, 2009
    I trimmed muffs when the kids were chicks. They kept getting soggy wet in the waterer, so I trimmed them down to prevent chilling. These days I would be hard pressed to catch the 2 muffed EEs I have (they're pretty flighty), so I don't worry about their muffs anymore.
  9. andythescot

    andythescot Songster

    Nov 29, 2009
    Central Mass
    Thanks everybody! Do the muffs grow back? Because in the summer my EEs are always huffing and puffing, since they only have their little ol' peacombs to relieve the heat.. but they should be toasty in the winter!
  10. Momo

    Momo Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    Nelson BC
    Some muffed / bearded breeds produce clean-faced individuals because it's a dominant gene (meaning that the clean-faced ones are recessive and pop up from time to time). People don't trim them, but what does happen with some chickens is that their beards/muffs get wet when they drink, and then when they eat little bits of food stick to them, and then the other chickens have a little snack of it, and eventually there's no beard left. And for some reason the girls love to eat those little muff feathers on the roosters!

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