Thursday, January 30, 2014

Frozen chicken feathers....ummm, hair?

This is one of those things that you never even fathom happening till it happens in your coop! Frozen chicken 'hair'. Or topknots. Or just call them feathers....either way when temps hit zero or below, suddenly a little wet hair is a big deal!

frozen chicken feathers, ice


Yes, those are ice drops frozen to the ends of her feathers! I noticed the problem last week when temps were in the negatives here in Western Pennsylvania. It mainly happened in the Silkie coop. The birds would lean down to drink water and their head feathers would dip into the water. This happens year round, however it's only a hazard in the winter. In the winter the wet feathers freeze. Frozen feathers are never a good thing! The solution was simple though...just trim the feathers!

frozen silkie chicken hair

Youngest son held the birds while I gave their hairdo's a quick trimming. A few of the roosters needed beard trims also. Feathers tend to wick the water toward the body and the last thing we need is for our birds to get wetter and colder then the should be....especially in this polar vortex weather! 

Keep warm!
~L


6 comments:

  1. Poor baby! Do you have to cut those feathers off or just wait for the thaw?

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    1. I just cut them off icicles and all! I don't show my birds so I don't have to worry about keeping their crests in perfect shape. They seemed much happier without those little ice cubes hanging from their heads!

      ~L

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  2. Poor sweeties! This winter has been so brutal. I'm glad your chickens are making do. Visiting from Tilly's Nest blog-hop.
    Jen

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    1. Yeah, it has! They're doing much better now!
      Thanks for stopping by!

      ~L

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  3. Hey, thanks for this post! We've got one fluffy-headed Sultan, who, in the past 48 hours, became a pathetic tinkling mess. The clacking attracted the other hens, who started pecking at her head until she was bald on top, with icicles hanging in front of her eyes, making her blind. I was debating if I needed to thaw her out in order to cut the feathers, but was worried that going from warm to cold to warm again would just add to her stress. Your post gave me confidence that I could just cut the ice right out. Now she's all trimmed up, and looks totally ridiculous, but much happier! She bolted for the water dish, delighted to see it, and the others seem to be leaving her alone now. Yay! :)

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    1. Oh no, poor girl! I bet she feels much better now! It'll grow back in by spring and she'll be back to her normal fluffy headed cuteness. Glad I could help!

      ~L

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