Those who've seen me around might remember that I've got a 5 month going on 6 month old porcelain colored EE cockerel with a mildly crossed beak. We keep his beak trimmed pretty well and feed a bowl of fermented feed each morning which he's been having no problem eating. When he eats, however, he's very messy about it. Sort of smooshing his face into the bowl and nomming down what manages to get into his mouth. He sort of reminds me of The Beast in Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" when Belle's trying to teach him table manners and he's sitting there slobbering porridge all over the place as he tries to eat it off a spoon. XD Anyway, this leave poor Peedles with the wet mash all over his face and beard and down his neck. Even getting some on top of his head and into his poor nostrils. Not to mention what's left stuck to his messed up lower beak. When he takes a break from eating his two little Sebright girls happily start grooming him, picking all the food off his face, out of his nose, out of his beak and off his beard. Lately his little fluffy beard feathers are all broken off and he's left with nothing but some white stubble with all the skin on his lower "chin" area and down the front of his throat exposed. The Sebrights aren't known feather pickers and don't bother anybody else at all. But I'm not sure if they are accidentally breaking his beard feathers off while picking the food off his face and throat area or if the feathers have just crumbled and broken off on their own due to the wet food so often being stuck on them before the Sebrights get to it. Sort of how a baby's skin will get chapped from drooling while teething. The poor rooster is really looking scraggly. Like an old man with a red face of beard stubble. But it doesn't seem to bother him near as much as it does me. I don't know if I should even be concerned with this little bit of harm his "cleanup crew" is causing vs the good they do since he makes a mess and can't clean his own face off properly.