Originally Posted by Peanutsmomma
Velvet lined roosts!!!!! LOL!!! Sounds like those would have been right up the alley of your little lavender princess. I am going to get busy and change out the 2x2s because yes, all of my girls are Orps and they are big ladies. When I took my first bumble foot to the ve,t she noticed that the hen had spots on both feet and she felt like it had something to do with the way the hens weight is distributed since the spots were in the same place. My first thought was, "Oh no, she is going to try to sell me some Avian Orthotics!!"
As always thanks for the advice my dear.
How are the babies this morning?
I sort of agree that the way weight is distributed is part of what causes bumblefoot on some hens. My big flaming red hen, Meg, who was from heavy, breeder stock, in both her RIR sire and her humongous Buff Orp mother, had huge, fat-padded feet with her toes that weren't exactly crooked, but they had a slight curve outward. She had perpetual bumblefoot in both feet, numerous surgeries in her 7 1/2 years of life. She was probably the heaviest hen I'd ever owned, maybe 10-12 lbs by herself. And Emily, my black Rock, has some sort of tendon or ligament damage in one leg and her toes do not flex so she walks flat-footed on that side and always has bumblefoot at some stage, too. She is extra heavy for a Rock, more Orp-like in shape, feathering and size.
Some hens never get it, even in the exact same environment. Some are chronic like Meg and Em.
The babies are great. They will move to the coop today, earlier than I would normally do it, less than a week old, but we are on Day 12 with the Brahma eggs. I have to clean out the rabbit cage brooder a bit in prep for them coming along soon. Easy cleaning with the plastic bottom so it does make a good brooder, just not for more than a dozen chicks for very long. I am not a fan of crowded brooders.
Edited by speckledhen - 5/30/16 at 6:53am