Any poultry judges out there? feather clipping around vent question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by thecochincoop, Nov 19, 2008.

  1. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does anyone out there know if you clip the feathers aroung the vent on bantam cochins for breeding, do they take points off at shows for that? I am going to show my birds this spring, but I don't know what to do about the excess amount of fluff because they are breeders too. I don't know if they have been knocking points off at shows for this or not.
  2. Birch Run Farm

    Birch Run Farm Biddy up!

    Sep 5, 2008
    Good question, I hope there is a knowlegeable reply!
  3. blackred

    blackred Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 15, 2007
    Blue Texas
    I am not a judge but I do show. You can not clip feathers for any reason. I am pretty sure it is a disqualification.
    Pulling feathers is also a no-no. It could be argued that you are hiding a defect or a disqualification.

  4. 4-H chicken mom

    4-H chicken mom Overrun With Chickens

    Aug 3, 2007
    Oberlin, OH
    I am not a judge, but I do know that the more feathering a bird has the better. I have seen judges that cannot decide between two birds, they start looking for missing feathers to help them decide a winner. If it were up to me, I wouldn't clip any feathers until you can find an actual judge to give you a definite answer.

    NYREDS Overrun With Chickens

    Jan 14, 2008
    I am a judge & that would disqualify the bird.
  6. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    It's a disqualification
  7. mikarod

    mikarod Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 28, 2008
    Definite DQ.
  8. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    OK so what do I do to get fertile eggs and keep the feathers. I have heard of banding them what does that consist of?
  9. Kanchii

    Kanchii Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:You'll probably have to do artificial insemination, which most people do with their cochins anyway. I'm sure someone will have the link to the good article about how to do it. Pretty easy.
  10. thecochincoop

    thecochincoop Chillin' With My Peeps

    Does anyone know about the feather banding? I don't really want to do the AI. I wouldn' t even have a clue how it works.
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2008

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