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Foot feathers and how to keep them

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Wendy'sChicksRock, Nov 28, 2010.

  1. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Whats the very best way to keep all my silkies and cochins feet nice? I dont want all the broken feathers and poo stuck to them.. What do all you pro's do??
    I keep them in deep shavings but isnt working?
    Thank you for the tips...
     
  2. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Bump... anyone????
     
  3. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

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    I've always used the deep litter method in my coops. I have LF brahma adults and I have some feather footed breeds in the juvenile coop as well. Their feet get dirty sometimes, but they get clean again too. I don't see a problem. [​IMG]
     
  4. BloominOrchid

    BloominOrchid Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I do a combo of Hay & shavings in the coop.
    In the run I have a sand base, but given the cold has settled in I have hay on top of the sand in the run too.
     
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  5. DutchieWannabe

    DutchieWannabe Out Of The Brooder

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    My Brahma's feet feathers are always dirty, broken etc.... bumping for advice

    Thanks:thumbsup
     
  6. dgeter

    dgeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I keep deep shavings in my coop. All my silkies have decent foot feathering and I haven't had too much of an issue. Occasionally I have to bring them inside for a bath but I think thats pretty normal. There isn't too much you can do to stop chickens from walking in their poo [​IMG]
     
  7. critterranch

    critterranch Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i use deep litter in winter their feet feathers do get dirty and ruffed up but in spring everything is good again right now i have 12 silkies and 9 cuckoo marans in 8x8 coop for winter i like to crowd for warmeth in winter
     
  8. Jenski

    Jenski Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Clean, clean, clean . . . I scoop the coops and pens every day with a kitty litter scoop, whisk broom and trusty old bucket. When I give the bantam feather feet piles of wheat straw to pick through, I cut up the straw so there are no long pieces to catch on their foot feathers.

    I also don't have a life.

    Anyhoo, the bantam cochins' feathers seem to hold up (curved and flexible) better than say, the Dutch booted bantam feet (longer and more rigid than cochin feathers).
     
  9. dgeter

    dgeter Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Haha [​IMG]
     

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