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Chickens feet?

Discussion in 'New Member Introductions' started by Herweyer 5, Nov 24, 2014.

  1. Herweyer 5

    Herweyer 5 Out Of The Brooder

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    Just wondering is it bad for a chicken to go out in the winter when there is snow? could there feet get frost bit?Thanks[​IMG]
     
    Last edited: Nov 29, 2014
  2. Mountain Peeps

    Mountain Peeps Change is inevitable, like the seasons Premium Member

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    Chickens who have no choice but to walk in snow will often get frosbite. But if they have the option to either stay inside or walk on a shoveled path, then no, snow will not harm them.

    Here is a link on how to deal with frostbite if it happens
    https://www.backyardchickens.com/a/frostbite
     
  3. Wyandottes7

    Wyandottes7 Overrun With Chickens

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    Welcome to BYC! [​IMG]We're glad to have you.

    I wouldn't say that it is neccesarily bad for chickens to go out in the winter. It is good for them to get some fresh air and have more space to move around. Mine seem to not mind going out, even when there is snow.

    But yes, they can get frostbitten feet. This can especially be a problem if it is very wet snow or otherwise wet outside or very cold. Make sure that they have a dry, warm coop to go back to if they get cold.
     
  4. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    They really do appreciate it if you shovel some area for them so they have some area that is snow free.
     
  5. Michael OShay

    Michael OShay Chicken Obsessed

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    Welcome to BYC! Glad you decided to join our flock. Chickens can walk through snow for limited periods of time without getting frostbitten feet, but if they are going to be outside for a long, indefinite period of time then you definitely need to shovel the snow from the area where they will be outdoors. Please feel free to ask any other questions you may have. We are here to help in any way we can. What kind of chickens do you have?
     
  6. BantamLover21

    BantamLover21 Overrun With Chickens

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    [​IMG] Glad you joined us!

    X2 on the above posters.
     
  7. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Hello there and welcome to BYC! [​IMG]

    I agree with the above posters. I think it ok for a short time on shoveled paths, but they should stand out on snow continuously for long periods as yes they can get frost bite on their feet.

    Good luck with your flock and welcome to ours!
     
  8. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC!
     
  9. sumi

    sumi Égalité Staff Member

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    Welcome to BYC [​IMG] Glad you joined us!
     
  10. tabby29

    tabby29 New Egg

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    hello! I have 4 chickens and every single one of my girls feet looks like this. I don't know how to get it off without hurting them. I tried soaking her feet in water, but I didn't work. please help!!
     

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