showing feather legged breeds

hdowden

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i have a few feather legged breeds (d'uccle, cochin, and brahma) how do you keep their feathers in good condition. these are for 4-h and the fair is in oct. so have a few months to get them ready.
 

brahmabreeder

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Feb 22, 2012
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I read and do keep my show birds strictly inside with a clean coop. You could also use wire cages. I wouldn't because that just doesn't seem enjoyable for the feet. My birds leg feathers aren't in the greatest condition due to leg mites. Another reason why not to let them outside is the sun will bleach their feathers. The judges definetly do not like that.
 

Whittni

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Mar 26, 2011
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First you want to grow the actual feathers out on your birds, don't let them get damaged by roosters mounting hens or from the mud or too much sun. About a month before the show I like to cage my birds and make sure they are cage trained to pose when people are around.

Second you'll need gain a lot of field practice on bathing your birds, since the week or so before your show you'll repeat the process. The feathers shouldn't get fecal matter or excessive dirt, they can act like normal chickens but don't let them get too into being a real chicken...if that makes sense.

I like to reference preping birds to this site: http://www.harvestbreezefarm.com/PreparingforShow.html
 
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hdowden

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is there anything i can put on the feathers to make them less likely to break? such as an oil of some type?
 

joanie_maine

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I find that my d'Uccles have better foot feathers and tail feathers if they are not kept in wire cagesbefore the show.

I keep the show birds in a BIG grow-out pen with deep shavings.

I noticed that they will rub rheir tailfeathers on the wire cage sides and shred them - same for the foot feathers although not quite so much.
 

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