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Feather feet issues?

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I have a 7 week old hen that keeps bleeding on her feet where her feathers are. It has happened 3 times now and I've been putting Blu-Kote so they do peck but wondering if I can do anything else?
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Ah yes, the joys of high maintenance feather-footed friends. I've seen that problem a lot with my Brahmas and Cochins. They're naturally heavy and when they hop down from something and hit their foot feathers just wrong, they break. It also happens to their toe nails. Some of mine have lost all their toe nails, and they don't grow back, either, which may be a blessing.

 

But back to the broken feathers. They can bleed a lot, so stopping the bleeding is first. Then you did right in putting Blu-kote on the injury.

 

What to do about keeping it from happening again? Not much. If you have only high perches that require hopping down from, you might offer them lower perches. And increase the bedding underneath to cushion their dismount.

 

If you're into extra maintenance, you might try massaging coconut oil into the foot feathers and the tops of the feet to moisturize them so they aren't as brittle.

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Ah yes, the joys of high maintenance feather-footed friends. I've seen that problem a lot with my Brahmas and Cochins. They're naturally heavy and when they hop down from something and hit their foot feathers just wrong, they break. It also happens to their toe nails. Some of mine have lost all their toe nails, and they don't grow back, either, which may be a blessing.

But back to the broken feathers. They can bleed a lot, so stopping the bleeding is first. Then you did right in putting Blu-kote on the injury.

What to do about keeping it from happening again? Not much. If you have only high perches that require hopping down from, you might offer them lower perches. And increase the bedding underneath to cushion their dismount.

If you're into extra maintenance, you might try massaging coconut oil into the foot feathers and the tops of the feet to moisturize them so they aren't as brittle.
Excellent information! I'll definitely look at your suggestions for the coop while also being the diligent chicken parent and rub coconut oil on them.

Oh boy her foot bled considerably, I didn't catch it right when it happened and when I did my afternoon check there was a lot of blood on the bedding. Holy cow my heart stopped.

Thank you again and I will be certain to apply CO!
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People will think we're crazy for moisturizing our chickens' feet, be forewarned!

 

I'll never forget a friend's reaction when she phoned me and asked what I was doing. "Washing my chickens", I said. "You're WHAT?" she exclaimed.

 

Now she's used to my mentioning that today I washed crusty chicken butts. Moisturizing chicken feet is one I haven't sprung on her yet. :lau

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People will think we're crazy for moisturizing our chickens' feet, be forewarned!

I'll never forget a friend's reaction when she phoned me and asked what I was doing. "Washing my chickens", I said. "You're WHAT?" she exclaimed.

Now she's used to my mentioning that today I washed crusty chicken butts. Moisturizing chicken feet is one I haven't sprung on her yet. lau.gif

My husband laughs when I talk about giving the chickens a bath! I have given up on some of my friends understanding the unconditional love of my chicken babies. Although I do have a few who have gotten on the chicken/duck roller coaster with me and they love it now! With my current juveniles, 2 friends sat with me in the kitchen for 4 hours completely entertained by them. Who would have thought!
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I know what you mean about friends being entertained by our little chores regarding our flock management and care.

 

You haven't seen anything yet until you watch a friend sitting at the kitchen table with you while you sort your meal worms when they go from being squeamish to totally fascinated, "Ooh! Ooh! There's a big one you missed!"

 

If the cable industry catches on to what a threat chickens are to keeping people glued to the TV, be prepared for new laws outlawing chicken entertainment.

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I have a really good friend who grew up just outside of California and never had animals. I'm sure she would love nothing more than to help with any chore I could throw at her now that she has experienced an animal filled life! Heck, she even volunteers to go out an remove snow with me for our snow business! HA HA!!! We have officially sucked her into the Midwestern lifestyle! ;P
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