trimming my chickens

rooster lover 119

Chirping
9 Years
Aug 8, 2010
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Hi guys!
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! 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!
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elmo

Crowing
11 Years
May 23, 2009
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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.
 

Chicken.Lytle

Songster
9 Years
Oct 19, 2010
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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.
 

ScissorChick

Songster
9 Years
Dec 17, 2010
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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.
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