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Polish crests in the rain...Oh My!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Carpe DiHen, Oct 25, 2010.

  1. Carpe DiHen

    Carpe DiHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I was shocked to see what happened to my Golden Laced Polish in our first soaking rain yesterday! Her head went completly limp and she had a bald spot showing on her head! Now, after the sun came out, she has been pecking in the mud and her head feathers are still limp and now they are muddy. What a mess!! [​IMG]

    You think it is hard for them to see with all those feathers, what about when they go limp? Then get MUDDY! [​IMG]

    She can't preen up there! How will she ever get back her nice hair do??? [​IMG]

    I wish I had a picture....it was so ugly... and sad looking. [​IMG]

    Future Polish crested owners, beware if you live in rainy climates! [​IMG]
     
  2. Amyable

    Amyable Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That happens to my girls too. I actually think they look hilarious [​IMG] We had an unbelievably rainy summer here this year, they got wet heads every week. Somehow they manage to fluff up by the next day, no worries.
     
  3. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    I live in the rainiest climate available in the continental USA. [​IMG] I also have a nice sized flock of Polish. . . .

    Here's what it can do to them in the winter:

    [​IMG]
     
  4. chickenzoo

    chickenzoo Emu Hugger

    I had some BL girls that I swore were pigs, I felt embarrassed anytime someone came to look at birds. they would dunk their whole heads in the waterer and then go roll in the deepest hole in the pen. They looked like they had mange most times, but they sure were happy girls, laid all year round and lots of big eggs.
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    I'm getting 6 pullets and a roo tomorrow. Glad it doesn't rain much here.
     
  6. Carpe DiHen

    Carpe DiHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:OH MY GAWD, that's IT! [​IMG] How do they ever get clean? [​IMG]
     
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

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    Quote:OH MY GAWD, that's IT! [​IMG] How do they ever get clean? [​IMG]

    Eventually the mud comes out, and then the crest dries up when it stops raining. . . . Y'know, about 3-4 months later. [​IMG]
     
  8. X2Farm

    X2Farm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ahhhh gotta love polish in the rain!!! [​IMG] One of the roo's, Bandit, has a chunk of missing feathers on his head (thanks to the Delaware roo [​IMG] ) thats been growing back (he's taken to sleeping in the carport now [​IMG] ) but, they were all out in the rain today, and his crest went FLAT!! It looked like someone smushed it with a skillet [​IMG] kinda like a strange wide brim hat, poor guy [​IMG]
     
  9. Carpe DiHen

    Carpe DiHen Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:They should come with a warning!... like "dry clean only"?!! [​IMG]
     
  10. welasharon

    welasharon Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hahahah that is funny! I covered my run completely cause my polish didn't know to get out of the rain! Poor things they looked awful. I was embarassed for them.
    sharon
     

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