Silkies do you trim or pluck?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by magikchick, May 6, 2009.

  1. magikchick

    magikchick ~FEATHERFOOTED DIVA~

    Apr 21, 2007
    SW Florida
    My silkies are getting bigger and some are having a problem seeing. My question is do you trim around their eyes or pluck the feathers. If I wanted to show them I don't want to mess up their looks. Also how much can I remove.

    Or is there a another way. I've thought about using small rubber bands.

    I have a roo that I just cut the poof off of and it has never grown back. I don't want this to happen with my show stock.

    Any pics would be would be great.

    Thanks, Marsha
  2. nzpouter

    nzpouter Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 19, 2009
    new zealand
    we trim after shows, plucked feathers grew back in a few weeks.
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    The crest should grow back after a molt. Plucked feathers regrow immediately, cut feathers not until a molt.

    You can use pink hair tape to hold the crest into a small ponytail atop the head.

    As long as you cut only those feathers that actually block vision, trimming shouldn't be a problem.

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