how much to cut on Polish Hen

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by Sugar Sand Farm, Oct 13, 2008.

  1. Sugar Sand Farm

    Sugar Sand Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 24, 2007
    North Florida
    I have a black polish hen with a very large top knot. I have tried to trim it several times but she still can't see Just how much can I take off without hurting her. I have cut down until the white is showing I am afraid to cut any closer. Anybody ever cut their hair short?
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    I just trim above the eyes, anything that blocks what they see. I don't think they're blood feathers, so I think you can trim them short.
     
  3. debilorrah

    debilorrah The Great Guru of Yap Premium Member

    Oh my - what are blood feathers??
     
  4. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    Blood feathers are new ones coming in, where the shaft is still growing. You've seen before where a chicken has had a growing tail feather picked or something and it's bleeding? The quick is still supplying the feather blood and nutrients while it's growing, so if it get's pecked or cut, it will bleed. Mature feathers that have stopped growing will be hard.
     
  5. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

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    Quote:Bliss, I didn't know that they all would bleed till they are fully mature. Thanks
     
  6. Blisschick

    Blisschick not rusty

    Feb 20, 2007
    Shepherd, Texas
    As they grow out, the tips will be hard, but the base of the feather will still be fleshy inside the quill. It's okay to cut the tips, but just be careful about not clipping it against the skin, or it will bleed.
     

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