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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

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    we trim after shows, plucked feathers grew back in a few weeks.
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    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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