Dirty feet - what to do?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by burnsybees, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. burnsybees

    burnsybees New Egg

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    Hi all, my first post here![​IMG]

    Kind of a silly question, but my chicks feet are soooo dirty! They free range, and love it in all sorts of weather. It has been wet and muddy here and their feet are gosh-awful filthy. Needless to say, we are getting some dirty eggs. Does anyone have a clever way of getting chicks to "wipe" their feet when they come in?[​IMG] LIke those things farmers use at their back doors to clean the mud off their boots? [​IMG]
     
  2. MIKE555444

    MIKE555444 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clean deep litter seems to help a little with that....

    a welcome mat? [​IMG]
     
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  3. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    A little foot soak right before bed, and knitted sleeping socks. [​IMG]


    How about a little tray with a tiny bit of water that they have to walk through to get into the coop?


    [​IMG] I do think its funny! sorry
     
  4. JakRat

    JakRat Chillin' With My Peeps

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    lol mine are always dirty because they like the mud for some reason
     
  5. Preservation Acres

    Preservation Acres Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I've posted this pic before. This is how my 10 year old son solves the problem with his favorite hen, Jenny.

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  6. elmo

    elmo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Cute! The hen looks like she's enjoying the attention.

    I hope he doesn't put that toothbrush back in the bathroom, though!
     
  7. RevaVirginia

    RevaVirginia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'd try the "Embarrassment method"...Sing them one of the Summer camp favorites..

    Great big gobs of greasy grimmy gopher meat, mutilated monkey parts...little birdies dirty feet...eat em with a spoon and not a fooooork..!!

    *lyrics cleaned up a bit
     
  8. LynneP

    LynneP Chillin' With My Peeps

    We have a shallow livestock bowl near the door to the run, with about 1.5" water in it. Our hens are water babies, have been since we got them and so long as I have some clean shavings between the bowl and the door, they come in quite clean. I mean, who knew? They love a foot soak before coming in! [​IMG]
     

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