In the Brooder
- Nov 24, 2020
Through experimentation, I found the one-inch wide strips sixteen inches long are just right to get the foot adequately wrapped. Any shorter and it may leave a gap somewhere that dirt can find its way through.
Chickens are most curious about red things, so I avoid that color, but I use all the others.
It's always a good idea to try to track down how this chicken hurt her foot to have it turn into an infection. Long ago, I discovered four out of five young Welsummer pullets had bumblefoot. It didn't take me long to figure out they were all getting sore feet from dismounting a perch that was too high onto a floor without adequate bedding to cushion their dismount. I fixed that and their bumblefoot all healed and has never returned in their eight years since.
I am starting to think it is roost bar too high. I have seen some of them land pretty hard. I have wood shavings as their bedding. I am thinking I might have to switch to the larger flakes. I checked all my other birds, and there are a few others starting to get little spots on their feet too.