I noticed a few weeks back that one of my peahens had her foot injured and was pecking at it. I didn't give it much attention and it healed in just a few days. At the moment she has both her feet injured and on this time its between different toes. She sees it, pecks it - blood comes out and pecks it some more when the blood hardens. Last night I took some pictures I am attaching to this thread now. While taking the pictures I think I realized how she got the injuries: when she is up on a ledge, if she tries to turn around 180 degrees she steps with one foot over the other (i have no idea why), her claw digs in between her toes and then she pulls the leg she just stepped on causing a tear to form between her toes.
I have used some band-aids to bandage her injuries to make her stop pecking at the hardened blood but she seems to prefer sitting at the moment instead of standing.
Please help me with any advice you may have about this issue.
1. I am not 100% sure that;s how she got the injuries but seeing her do that last night made me think she did. Do you think the feet may have a disease and she self inflicts the wounds by pecking at them because they itch?
2. She seems to be mostly sitting (she can walk if forced) and I am worried her feet hurt. What do you suggest I should put over her wounds and how should I bandage them? (bepanthen antiseptic ointment or something similar)?
3. At the moment they are sitting in a pretty small shed(2m x 2m/ 6.5 foot x 6.5 foot) and I bring them in my basement every few days so they can have more space to roam around/fly etc. Its around 0 degrees Celsius (32 Fahrenheit) outside at the moment and there is snow everywhere so I can't let them go outside - I don't want them to get sick . How can I get them to "use" their claws in order to make them blunt and not hurt themselves. Any ideas? In their small shed there is linoleum and cardboard on the ground and they have a large sand box to bathe and eat from . Any other suggestions?
I will be putting some hay on the linoleum instead of cardboard maybe I can determine them to search for treats in it to make them use their claws and give them something to do. I am afraid they are getting rather bored not being able to roam freely daily and out of boredom they may be hurting themselves.
If any of you can help me with suggestions for the situation I would be very grateful.
Here is a picture of my 2nd peahen that got an injury last night - she made me realize how the other one got it when she turned around an hurt herself with her claw.