trimming my chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by rooster lover 119, Feb 27, 2011.

  1. rooster lover 119

    rooster lover 119 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2010
    Hi guys! [​IMG]! I wanted to know if you guys trim your chickens feathers after the winter because this is my first time with the hens during cold weather. My Grandma has a bunch of chickens and she loses a couple every spring. she said its because the hens have to many feathers from staying warm during the winter and since they don't moult tell fall they die because of the heat. last winter she lost 1 rooster and 3 hens. so what should i do? should i cut off most of their feathers? have you guys had this problem before? or is just because my grandmas chickens were old? well please post what you guys think i should do thanks![​IMG]:lol:[​IMG]
  2. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 23, 2009
    No, you should not cut off your chickens' feathers.

    There are many appropriate ways to manage a flock in summer heat: provide plenty of shade and cool, fresh water to drink.
  3. tinychicky

    tinychicky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 24, 2010
    Hollis, New Hampshire
    don't bother trimming they're feathers. they aren't poodles! chickens have they're own ways of staying cool and will do fine with plenty of water and shade.
  4. Chicken.Lytle

    Chicken.Lytle Chillin' With My Peeps

    Oct 19, 2010
    Montgomery County, TX
    At first I thought the subject was training....

    There are two common reasons to trim chicken feathers.

    To prevent flight, trim the long feathers on ONE wing.

    To prevent messy butt on extra-feathery chickens, trim some of the feathers by the vent.

    Never heard of trimming to prevent overheating. My birds just fluffed up their feathers and let them air out last summer. None of them seem to have a winter coat like a dog or horse.
  5. rooster lover 119

    rooster lover 119 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2010
    OK THANKS GUYS!!!!! just didn't want any dead hens this summer. thanks again!
  6. Pinky

    Pinky Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2008
    South GA
    Quote:[​IMG] Just make sure they have as much water as they want [​IMG]
  7. ScissorChick

    ScissorChick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Dec 17, 2010
    Under Your bed
    Please no. Please do not cut your chickens feathers off. During summer,

    or whenever it gets warm where you are, provide a nice shady erea for

    the birds. UNLIMITED & FRESH drinking water. Refill the water twice daily.

    You could do all sorts of things to help, like freeze watermelon, ofcaorse after

    you and you family are finished with it, and stick it in the run for the birds.

    they go CRAZY over it. [​IMG]

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