Chickens with feathers on their feet ... are they hard to care for?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Chirpy, Jul 17, 2007.

  1. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    I would love to have some Brahmas but have been told that they are "difficult" to care for because of their leg/feet feathers. They can't get muddy or wet? Is this true? Do I have to go to special lengths to keep birds with feathers on their feet?
  2. missusduray

    missusduray Songster

    May 20, 2007
    Northern Minnesota
    I havent had go to any special measures so far. I have 5 brahmas and 1 cochin and 2 silkies. So far so good. I wouldnt sat that they are any harder to care for than any other chicken. Mine are almost 8 weeks old now. They do just as good as the ones with no feathers on their feet.
  3. justusnak

    justusnak Flock Mistress

    Feb 28, 2007
    South Eastern Indiana
    I have Langshans....standard size, and Frizzle, banty size. Both are feathered feet birds. They play in the mud just like the rest of the chickens. Maybe the reason someone told you that was because they will get muddy, and if you are planning on showing them, they have to be kept on pine shaveings all the time, to keep the feathers nice and clean. I say....go get some, you will love them.!
  4. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    I have two light brahmas, and have never had a problem. You should get some they are so sweet and friendly. [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jul 17, 2007
  5. pharr389

    pharr389 Songster

    May 10, 2007
    southeast georgia
    i have 2 light brahma's. they love to stand in the water trough with the rest of the chickens. no special care needed.
  6. cheepchicks

    cheepchicks Songster

    May 6, 2007
    All my chickens have feathered feet and the ones with the most feathers live with 4 ducks and they have no troubles with all the muck the ducks create.

  7. featherfooted

    featherfooted Songster

    Jan 11, 2007
    I have dark brahmas, cochins and d'Uccles and I haven't had any problems. Their feathered feet don't look as good as show birds, but they're happy. I just love the brahmas. They are so friendly and mine are great layers. And they are not loud like others can be. Get some, You'll love them. [​IMG]

  8. Dawn419

    Dawn419 Lost in the Woods

    Apr 16, 2007
    Evening Shade, AR
    I have a few 9 week old Mottled Cochins and Silkies (both Bantams) and have had no problems with their feathered feet. Their coop/run has a solid roof (plastic picnic table top for now, tin in the future) so it keeps what little rain we get out and everyone stays dry.
  9. Rosalind

    Rosalind Songster

    Mar 25, 2007
    I have five Partridge Cochins, and they seem to manage their feet just fine. Mine are actually very fastidious, if they step in something yucky they make a big deal of scratching in clean pine shavings, preening and shaking off their feet.

    Bear in mind, I was also assured repeatedly that Cochins are sweet-tempered birds who love to be friendly. Maybe other people's Cochins are good pets, but mine are total jerks that bite and beat up on the smaller birds. On the plus side, my roosters are real tough guys who attempt to take on any predator.
  10. seedcorn

    seedcorn Songster

    Apr 25, 2007
    NE. IN
    do you have standard or bantam cochins? My bantams were always very laid back. Bantams are easy to care for just make sure the roost isn't too high as jumping down from high roost can injure their feet.

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