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Trimmed Fluffy Cheek Feather

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Jajika, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Jajika

    Jajika Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hi All:

    Well, I laughed when it was suggested I trim back the fluffy cheek
    feathers on the EE.

    I mentioned she was very, very shy and not laying any longer. Wasn't sure
    it was because she seemed so skittish.

    Someone on this board suggested she could not see well as her cheek feathers (she had a different name but I can't remember what it was) were obscuring
    her vision and therefore it effected her behavior.

    I cracked up because I couldn't imagine giving a chicken a "feather cut."

    However, I went out and observed her carefully. I realized those cute cheeks indeed were barriers to seeing fully. They kept her
    from seeing "down."

    So, when my grandsons came to visit recently I enlisted their help in catching "Edwina." I held her--wrapped in a towel--between my knees and carefully trimmed her
    little cheeks way down so hopefully it would enlarge her vision of life.

    Well--I have to tell you she is a different bird. She is much more assertive and social.

    I guess it helps to see what is going on around you.

    Guess who is laughing now?

    Thanks for the great suggestion. I stand corrected.
     
  2. Darlasmum

    Darlasmum Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Glad she is happier. Any chance of some before and after pictures?
     
  3. FuzzyButtsFarm

    FuzzyButtsFarm Rest in Peace 1950-2013

    I love this story. [​IMG] Just goes to show you never know until you try. Glad it helped your Edwina. [​IMG]
     
  4. Nonny

    Nonny Chillin' With My Peeps

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    LOL! Such a cute story!

    I must admit - the same personality change hit me when I graduated from the "hiding behind your hair" stage of teen-hood and started tying my hair back so everyone could see my face.
     
    Last edited: Nov 19, 2011
  5. idispatch4911

    idispatch4911 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    That is amazing. Who woulda THUNK!?!
     

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