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Post by Farrier1987 » Sun Mar 19, 2017 10:25 am

So Bianca had four chicks, all doing well last night, a week or so old. Let the bunch out this morning, and she was dragging something. It was a chick. Attached to a feather knot near her bum. Had entwined several feathers and its neck and sort of thing or strangled itself. I caught her and took it off and trimmed the offending knot off.

I have never heard of such a thing. Anyone else here?
Farrier1987. South of Chatham on Lake Erie. Chickens, goats, horse, garden, dog, cat. Worked all over the world. Know a little bit about a lot of things. No incubator, broody hens.

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Post by Skinny rooster » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:03 am

Yes I often had this with the fluffy type hens, very common with the Cochins and some silkies as well. However never with clean legged hens like my Wyandotts or OEGs. If the hen has long or lots of feathers the chicks burrow in to get warm but accidentally wrap the feathers around their neck and if a piece of dirt sticks the ends of some feathers together, the chick gets hung.

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Post by kenya » Sun Mar 19, 2017 11:57 am

Yes had that happen with my silkies didn't kill it but darn near, thankfully I got it untangled and boy it sure was tangled.

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Post by windwalkingwolf » Sun Mar 19, 2017 12:39 pm

No not here. I've had them get tangled in Cleavers though. I'll be keeping a closer eye on the fluffy ones this year! Sorry about the little guy :(

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