Feathered footed bantam

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by toripeeps, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. toripeeps

    toripeeps Out Of The Brooder

    May 9, 2011
    Need instructions on how to trim feathers on my bantam "Romeo's" feet. They are so long they make walking difficult and the other chickens seem to shun and pick on him. HELP!
  2. Pele

    Pele Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 25, 2011
    Aw, poor guy. It does sound like his life would be a bit improved by a trim. There isn't really a lot to trimming feathers. You can't hurt the bird as long as you stay away from the very base of the feather, so you can trim to whatever length you want.

    The trick is holding the bird still for the proceedure. I've always had a lot of luck with waiting till all the birds are roosting for the evening just after dark. You can pull your rooster out without much fuss at that point, and wrap him in a towel with his feet sticking out. This keeps his eyes covered and his wings gently pinned, which helps IMMENSELY. Just be sure not to wrap too tight, or too loose.

    Just bring him inside for a trim over the garbage can, take him back outside, unwrap and plop him back on the roost. He'll have a cool alien abduction story to tell the others in the morning.
  3. Lisa202

    Lisa202 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 20, 2010
    Long Island NY


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