Bantam Cochin Frizzle with no downy undercoat- help!!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Thassa, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. Thassa

    Thassa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    One of my little cochin frizzle girls doesn't seem to have any undercoat at all. I'm kind of worried about her because the weather is really starting to get cold here (teens at night). My coop (acutally an old workshop) I think is insulated but not heated and is quite large so really the insulation doesn't do much good. It is not heated, nor will it be.

    She spends a lot of time outside by her own choice and shivers when she is out there. Should I make her a little sweater?

    She has to be about the worst example of a frizzle. Her wing feathers only have main part so it looks and feels like she has little wires sticking out of her skin. She is a sweet little girl and just started laying these gigantic eggs for her tiny size.
     
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  2. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    She will need to have better housing if you plan on keeping her. It would be unkind to keep her in a freezing cold climate that she is not suited for.
     
  3. Thassa

    Thassa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The only 2 options I have is to make her a house chicken or cull her. [​IMG]
     
  4. cary 1973

    cary 1973 Chillin' With My Peeps

    I would bring her in for the winter and then who knows maybe by next winter when she molts she will be better prepared. also maybe a small dog sweeter or jacket may help. I would not cull her over it maybe put add in craigs list about her situation and some one may be more prepared but I think bring her in side and giving ehr her own little space would work out good
     
  5. Thassa

    Thassa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm thinking she may be one of the dreaded frizzle x frizzle I hear about. The longer feathers are from her wings and the others are from other places on her body. (found them on the floor) She is in a crate in the kitchen with one of her flock mates who is a little bit better off than she is but still not fully feathered out like she should be.

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