snipping "fluff" off bottoms for fertility -- roo too, or just hens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by patandchickens, Apr 23, 2009.

  1. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    It was suggested to me that part of my insufficient-fertility problem with my sussex eggs might be due to their fluffy undersides, and that I might try cutting back some of the fluff as is sometimes done with Wyandottes.

    Those of you who have actually done this, do you do just the hens or also the roo?



  2. Glenda L Heywood

    Glenda L Heywood Songster

    Apr 11, 2009
    first may I state I hatched 3500 birds a yr for several decades
    my main breeding birds were cochin and cochin frizzle
    both were very heavy feathered breeds

    I NEVER liked cutting feathers
    the sharp edges of the cut feathers will come up to the roosters and they will flinch when mating
    PLEASE do this
    take each hen and rooster and softly slowly pull each feather in a 3 inch circle
    pull them out
    don't do this hard
    as you may pull out the flesh
    which I never did

    I had enough birds to make a 5gallon pail of feathers

    this allows more time from time you gently pul out the feathers to the time the need to pull them out again

    the use of this method made for good fertility

    also this may need you to use my grain method
    mix 1 gallon of wheat
    with 1/4 cup of wheat germ oil ( not blended)
    leave over nite and then mix in morning
    feed each adult bird 3 tbsp and do this one day a week for good fertility

    also on another day mix
    1 gallon of wheat with
    1/4 cup of cod liver oil
    mix good and feed in morning
    3 tbsp per adult bird
    this is for good hatchability

    do not mix oils as one out does the other

    hopefully this will help you obtain good fertility and hatchability

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