The evils of feather dusters! **Warning**

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by ZooMummzy, Jan 2, 2011.

  1. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    A few days ago my lone Serama chick - Zephyr - hatched, healthy and feisty but severely lonely. I did what any good Chicken Mommy would do and bought a feather duster (ostrich feather). I cut some feathers off and bound them together to make a little chick friend for Zephyr. New Year's morning I went down to love him up and check on the temp in the brooder. What I found made my heart stop. Somehow, one of the feathers, just a little strand, got wrapped tightly around his foot. The foot was swollen and pink and he was screaming his head off. I carefully pulled and cut it off and thankfully it had not cut into his skin. He could still use it just fine but spent the rest of the day pecking at it and of course, used it for extra sympathy and love lol. By last night the swelling was completely gone and you couldn't tell anything had happened, but he still played up the whole event for more love [​IMG]

    Least to say, the feathers got culled and I will never ever use one again with chicks. I never in my wildest dreams thought something like that could happen. I could see if he had got tangled in the binding or something but it was just a simple, soft feather strand about the size of a piece of thread. It is a shame too because Zephyr really loved it [​IMG]


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  2. terrilhb

    terrilhb Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 11, 2010
    Georgia
    Oh no:th But I am so happy you got it free and it is ok. Who would have ever thought that. Thanks for the warning. Give the chick some love from me too
     
  3. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Idaho
    Poor fellow. Give him some chicken feathers instead. No long strands. Or use a stuffed toy.
     
  4. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I never thought about that. I hung the feather duster from the side of the brooder with the bottom just clearing the floor. They couldn't really step on that. You might try it if the chick really liked it (and the picture tells that story).

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    As you can see, it was up out of harm's way.
     
  5. ZooMummzy

    ZooMummzy Queen of the Zoo

    Mar 31, 2008
    Philomath, Oregon
    Quote:That is a very good idea! I think I will try that with the duster, thank you!
     
  6. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    Awwww!!! That pic is priceless.
     
  7. blefky

    blefky life in the yard

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    Quote:Sharol, your brooder looks so cozy. What kind of greens did you grow for them?
     
  8. sharol

    sharol Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I dug up a chunk of sod near my garden. It was mostly just weeds and grass sitting in a plastic freezer container. I'd leave it in there until it started looking shabby and then take it out for some sun and water for a day. I was trying to give them access to some of the dirt they would be living around. Someone said that was important for developing a localized immunity to Cocci.

    Quote:Sharol, your brooder looks so cozy. What kind of greens did you grow for them?
     
  9. Jacqdiva

    Jacqdiva Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I think feathers are safe if they are short. Like turkey feathers. No long strands. Or a fluffy toy works too.
     

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