Trimming Vent Feathers

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by EmptyNest, Feb 11, 2009.

  1. EmptyNest

    EmptyNest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Is there any "right" or "wrong" way to trim vent feathers?
     
  2. katrinag

    katrinag Chillin' With My Peeps

    No, cut close to the rear and do not cut the chicken.
     
  3. EmptyNest

    EmptyNest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:[​IMG] I had the not cutting the chicken part figured out. I just wasn't sure how short to trim the feathers.
     
  4. conroy

    conroy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I didn't know this was something that needed to be done. I have never trimmed my girls' vent feathers... should I be?
     
  5. DTchickens

    DTchickens Overrun With Chickens

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    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
     
  6. EmptyNest

    EmptyNest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    The increase in fertility is what I was doing this for.
     
  7. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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.
    ~Rebecca
     
  8. Fudgie

    Fudgie Hatching Queen - Got Fudge?

    It'll grow out! If ya do it wrong. Just be careful in the cold temps trimming
     
  9. EmptyNest

    EmptyNest Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I "trimmed" last night. Doesn't look too pretty but it's done [​IMG]
     
  10. GardenerGal

    GardenerGal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    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).
     

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