Haircuts for silkies- before & after pics & how I know when they need it

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by WhisperingOaks, Oct 4, 2016.

  1. WhisperingOaks

    WhisperingOaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have silkies with my mixed flock and have tried many ways to keep their head and cheek poofs out of their eyes. I now use a battery powered clipper for hair- they seem to really not mind too much and usually just close their eyes, hunker down and let me give them a buzz cut. When do I know they need a trim? 1) If I can see that the feathers are getting in their eyes, especially the cheek feathers. 2) If they stop roosting. They don't roost way up high but they do like to get on the lower roosts and if they can't see they stay on the floor. As soon as I get them clipped up they start roosting again.
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  2. chcknluvr

    chcknluvr Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow! That looks really good. I have a sultan hen who's feathers have grown out over her eyes, and I was trying to figure out how to clip her feathers. Looking forward to trying this!
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  3. chcknluvr

    chcknluvr Out Of The Brooder

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    Forgot to ask, were your chickens bothered by the noise from the clippers?
     
  4. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Lots of Chickens Premium Member

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    That does look really good. I trim my polish with a scissor, every time I do a nice round poof a few feathers grow out to make them uneven, drives me nuts.
     
  5. WhisperingOaks

    WhisperingOaks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    They really do not mind too much- they close their eyes and pretty much let me comb their feathers with the clipper blade. I had used scissors in the past but I was clumsy and it seemed dangerous, even with blunt bandage scissors. I have to clip them maybe twice a year but really just wait for them to tell me they need a trim. With 14 silkies it is a very small chore.
     
  6. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler! Premium Member

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    Excellent!!
    I always felt sorry for these birds not being able to see, can cause a lot of problems, including their health and possible death.
    Kudos for finding and implementing a solution!
     
  7. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Many folks assume silkies are dumb when it is obscured vision (from crests & muffs) that are the reason. Once their crests etc. are cut back, their IQ soars. Humans would be hesitant and appear slow & clumsy, if they had curtains over their eyes.
     

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