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Clipped Houdan crest feathers and she stopped laying

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by dmass, Oct 4, 2010.

  1. dmass

    dmass Hatching

    Oct 4, 2010
    My 9 month old Houdan was having a difficult time seeing due to extremely long crest feathers. I clipped them all down to about one inch and two days later she stopped laying. She has been laying faithfully for three months. The weather has not changed and my Americana and Cochin are laying fine.

    Did I freak her out with her new 'hair do' or is it just a coincidence? [​IMG] I offer oyster shells daily.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010

  2. 2DogsFarm

    2DogsFarm Songster

    Apr 10, 2009
    NW Indiana
    Maybe coincidence?
    Could she be getting ready to moult?

    I clipped my Houdan's crest when she was running into things - like walls [​IMG] - and she never skipped a beat laying.
    Last edited: Oct 4, 2010
  3. I'm thinking coincidence. Clipped several of my birds' crests and none of them stopped laying as a result. Laying cycles get whacky this time of year. Some birds are just more effected than others, and vice versa.

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