I need to do some modifying!
I keep getting bumblefoot. I live in the desert, there are always stickers, ants, slivers etc but I am thinking that I need to do something with my roosts. I have boards turned sideways, so that they are flat. I have always had them like this since I started having chickens, and no problems, but with all the problems lately I am thinking I need to add carpet or rubber mat to them to make them put less pressure on the chickens feet. I really don't want to replace them, they are nice redwood. They are quite high up off the floor, but they don't fly off of them as I have two ladders that they use.
Has anyone else done this? How did it work out? Do you see problems with the carpet other than needing it replaced frequently and possibly harboring mites? Has anyone used rubber mat? Any reason not to? Just trying to think of ideas.
These chickens are well fed, in a coop much larger than they need and is completely cleaned 2x a year. They are allowed to free range.
Thanks in advance for your thoughts!