Is cutting a chickens feathers safe?

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  1. WinterChicken

    WinterChicken New Egg

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    Hi, I have a very handsome roo that unfortunately can't stay with me :( he has some really bright fire orange feathers that I'd love to be able to have. I was wondering if it's safe to cut them ( I'm not doing anything drastic ). I just wanted your opinions because I definitely don't want to hurt him...
     
  2. Ol Grey Mare

    Ol Grey Mare One egg shy of a full carton. ..... Premium Member

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    Where on his body are the feathers you wish to keep? Knowing what feathers it is you are interested in will help with the best way to take and preserve them.
     
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    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  4. WinterChicken

    WinterChicken New Egg

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    [​IMG] I want the really orange ones that go a little under his wings :)
     
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    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    trailrider330 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    It should not be a big deal to cut some feathers as long as you don't do anything drastic.
     
  8. myhen7coop

    myhen7coop Out Of The Brooder

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    Don't do it unless you know where to cut because you could cut the blood feathers
     
  9. mymilliefleur

    mymilliefleur Keeper of the Flock

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    I think it will be fine to cut a few feathers. Just make sure you don't cut any that are growing (the shaft will be filled with blood and will bleed considerably when cut).
     

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