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Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by EmptyNest, Feb 11, 2009.
Is there any "right" or "wrong" way to trim vent feathers?
No, cut close to the rear and do not cut the chicken.
Quote: I had the not cutting the chicken part figured out. I just wasn't sure how short to trim the feathers.
I didn't know this was something that needed to be done. I have never trimmed my girls' vent feathers... should I be?
Quote:increases fertility, especially in breeds such as cochins etc with a lot of feathers, keeps them cooler in the summer. and keeps droppings out of the feathers.. about it
The increase in fertility is what I was doing this for.
I read in another post that you should trim the roo below the vent and trim the hen above the vent to help fertility. I'm scared to trim mine, I'm afraid I'll cut too short or something.
It'll grow out! If ya do it wrong. Just be careful in the cold temps trimming
I "trimmed" last night. Doesn't look too pretty but it's done
Even if you think you did a sloppy job, no worries! When your chooks molt they'll lose the stumpy feathers and grow new ones (which you'll have to trim, of course).