Do you ever step on your chickens feet?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by joebat, Sep 7, 2011.

  1. joebat

    joebat In the Brooder

    May 3, 2011
    I swear every morning when I go out to feed my new flock on 19? week old wyandottes, I have to shuffle my feet to keep from stepping on someones toes. I weigh about 190lbs and I know it can't feel very good to them, they just squawk like " Hey! get off my feet so I can get to the chow". And then it seems that the chicken that was pinned down will invariably move to get in front of the other foot as it comes down (I think, I have 17 chickens and sometimes it is just hard to tell) So far nobody's been injured and they don't seem to mind being stepped on. I think chicken feet must be very limber. I try to always say "oh I'm sorry". I have very friendly chickens. Does anyone else share the same experience with their chickens. Oh, and I think I am fixing to get eggs.!!!![​IMG]
  2. colebarnhart

    colebarnhart Songster

    No but they're always stepping on mine and trying to get attention from me.
  3. chicks4kids

    chicks4kids Songster

    Apr 22, 2009
    Northern Indiana
    Usually with me, it's them stepping on my toes [​IMG] I'm a flip flop wearer most times out in the coop and it seems as though they just can't help but put some poo tracks across my feet!! [​IMG] Congratulations on getting eggs soon!
  4. Hinotori

    Hinotori Silver Feathers

    Apr 27, 2011
    Graham, WA
    Mine run across my feet all the time. I have a couple girls I've stepped on theirs, though. It's always the same few. They rush to get under my feet to try and get any treats I may have first. It's always "squack!" Then as soon as I hurriedly move, they are fine.
  5. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    Yes! It is purely by accident and like you I have to shuffle each footstep around before actually stepping down. My girls are super friendly and super stubborn, no matter what breed.

    I don't think it hurts them too much when I do, as I usually instantly pick my foot back up pretty quickly (I walk around barefoot, as the girls are out on a nice pasture anyway) and they don't complain much.

    My yak stepping on their feet was a whole other story though. [​IMG]

    Wait, what's this got to do with feed/watering? [​IMG]
    Last edited: Sep 7, 2011
  6. 7L Farm

    7L Farm Songster

    Jul 22, 2010
    Anderson, Texas
    Quote:You usually step on their feet when your feeding & watering them. LOL.
  7. Illia

    Illia Crazy for Colors

    Oct 19, 2009
    Forks, WA
    I guess it is usually the opposite for me. Simple visits to the pasture are the worst, however, feeding/watering, they're usually pretty smart and clear a path. They know that the more they hold me up, the longer it takes to get the food. [​IMG]
  8. Hollywood Chickens

    Hollywood Chickens Songster

    Mar 12, 2009
    when I had mine I stepped on their feet all of the time, not matter how many times I shuffled along I ended up stepping on them! but none of them seemed injured in the slightest.
    The worst thing I ever did is I accidentally snipped a spike off the comb of my Ancona hen, she didn't care but I sure did!
  9. Nicole01

    Nicole01 Crowing

    Mar 28, 2011
    Just once. My girls follow me and are always practically under my feet. I was cleaning the run and when I stepped back an inch, I stepped on my youngest EE's toes. She let out a screech! I hope it never happens again.
  10. Sozoed

    Sozoed In the Brooder

    Apr 8, 2011
    Quote:This happened to me once too. I almost cried, I felt so bad. Actually our Buff O. had a bruise on her toes for a few days. She healed up really well though, hopefully to stay clear of my feet.

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