Caring for Feather-legged birds???

Discussion in 'Exhibition, Genetics, & Breeding to the Standard o' started by Elky, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

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    So I surfed the internet trying to get info on this and was surprised to find.... Nothing. Anyways I have a very high quality Cochin
    bantam but this is my first time experiencing a feather legged chicken, since I am a modern game breeder, So with a show coming up
    in about 2 months its time for me to put her into conditioning for the show, the problem is her once pristine feathered legs are now gunged up with mud. How do I clean them and get them ready for show? Someone told me pluck them so they will grow in nice before the show, but I don't have the heart to pluck my chickens feathers :/ Can anyone help me?
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Fill the tub with a couple of inches of water and stand her in it for long enough for the mud to soften so you can gently scrub it off. Pulling foot feathers is not easy, and way too easy to cause serious damage; I would recommend against it. Better to try to keep them in decent condition in the future.
     
  3. Elky

    Elky Out Of The Brooder

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    Thanks for the advice! And I will defiantly keep her cleaner from now on XD
     

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