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Fluff Trimming Question

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by wolfbaine30, Mar 28, 2009.

  1. wolfbaine30

    wolfbaine30 Crazy Rooster

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    Can some one please explain to me how to " trim fluff" ? I am clueless on this matter and would like anybodys information on this,photos,etc. Thank You,Kevin
     
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  2. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    Hey, Kev. On the males, you pluck the fluff under the vent and on the females, you pluck the fluff over the vent. Helps if someone else holds them. you can cut the feathers, but that leaves irritating "spikes" sometimes. Best to grab a few feathers near their base and pull quickly. Pluck till you can see the vent area clearly.
     
  3. wolfbaine30

    wolfbaine30 Crazy Rooster

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    Thank you Cynthia. I guess I need to do that with a few of my guys and gals. I was wondering how to do it since I never done it before.
     
  4. hippichick

    hippichick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 13, 2008
    Branch, La
    Just wondering, does it bleed sometimes when you pluck? I've got some bantam Cochins that need to be trimmed. If plucking is better, I'd rather do that. But do I need to have anything on hand in case of bleeding? I've never trimmed, so I'm new at this too.

    Thanks,

    Paula:)
     
  5. speckledhen

    speckledhen Intentional Solitude Premium Member

    No, they don't usually bleed any. You have to pluck hard and fast or it is more uncomfy for them, like easier to rip off a bandaid than to peel it slowly. I dont have to even think of doing this to anyone except the Blue Orpingtons.
     
  6. jonesgirl

    jonesgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    What is the purpose of doing this?
    I can imagine my hens giving a real big scream at me!!!
     
  7. abluechipstock

    abluechipstock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:to increase fertility, some breeds like cochins have so much feathers around their vents they can't really hit the right spot, that's the price you pay when you have those gorgeous rumps
     
  8. jonesgirl

    jonesgirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahh so it's no use to me if I don't breed?
    Does it help with laying or should I not worry :}
     
  9. CoopCrazy

    CoopCrazy Brooder Boss

    Mar 3, 2009
    Columbus,IN
    Quote:to increase fertility, some breeds like cochins have so much feathers around their vents they can't really hit the right spot, that's the price you pay when you have those gorgeous rumps

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  10. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Chicken Obsessed

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    I thought if you plucked the feathers they would grow back but if you trimmed them you were set until the next molt?
     

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