Can I give my Silkie a haircut

Discussion in 'Coop & Run - Design, Construction, & Maintenance' started by shadowman, Nov 12, 2010.

  1. shadowman

    shadowman Out Of The Brooder

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    When I give my silkies treats, like bits of apple, my two hens ( Queenie and Buffy) have no problem taking it from my hand. However, my rooster (Twitchie), tries to take it but keeps missing it! He has an exptionally full head of fluff and I can't see his eyes! Can I use my little mustache trimmer to "buzz" a little off around his eyes? He has no problem with bigger targets like his feed dish.
     
  2. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    sure you can I have if you dont show-shouldnt be a problem I have done them on my polish too:) forgot to add I neevr used a buzzer just a pair of sharp scissors and had my dd hold them so I wouldnt poke their eyes~
     
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  3. PepsNick

    PepsNick Back to Business

    May 9, 2010
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    I believe that this should be moved to the "managing your flock" section.
     
  4. sydney13

    sydney13 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i give my silkie a hair cut ever once in a while so se is able to see. when she is broody on the nest i snip some of the fluff away from her eyes with a pair of scissors. my silkie has the same problem [​IMG] i will thow treats down on the ground for the chickens and the silkie does not find them. i also trim her feathers so that she will be more aware if their is a hawk over head
     
  5. abhaya

    abhaya Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 5, 2010
    cookeville, tn
    Yes you can. As long as you are not showing them it is fine. To show the more poof the better. A little trim also halps them be more aware of predators.
     
  6. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    This is what I use to trim my six silkies eye area. It's a Remington MB200A Titainium Mustache/beard trimmer. I can set it for different lengths; that way all I have to do is take a straight cut from the bottom up to increase their vision a thousand percent for the better.
    I have to do this once a year because when they molt all their feathers grow back, but once cut then that's it for a year.
    [​IMG]

    Macy's has it on SALE for $20. They're usually close to $40, but Macy's says the regular price is $30. This one, however, looks a bit different than mine, but I'd bet that it's as good or better.
    http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=466920&CategoryID=46875

    Dang, just checked at Amazon, and they have it for $15... plus, shipping is free if you spend $25.
    http://www.amazon.com/Remington-MB-200-Titanium-Mustache-Trimmer/dp/B0009OMU0A
     
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  7. sonew123

    sonew123 Poultry Snuggie

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    Quote:good grief-I opened this back up because I saw you posted and was expecting some suggestions of the odd sort and low and behold-you gave a serious answer [​IMG] [​IMG] your slipping Joe! LOL
     
  8. shadowman

    shadowman Out Of The Brooder

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    COOOL!! I already have one of those trimmers! Looks a lot safer than scissors! Do you think , if I give him a "ducktail" cut, he'll develope an identity crisis??? Hmmmmmmm,, I wonder how much chicken therapy costs?
     
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  9. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

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    Don't worry about possibly driving your silkie crazy. You can't drive them to where they already are.
     
  10. joebryant

    joebryant Overrun With Chickens

    Quote:good grief-I opened this back up because I saw you posted and was expecting some suggestions of the odd sort and low and behold-you gave a serious answer [​IMG] [​IMG] your slipping Joe! LOL

    I have my irrational moments occasionally; that was one of them.
     

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