How to keep poo out of feet feathers?

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  1. sixlittlechicks09

    sixlittlechicks09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Hey everyone!! I've got a few week old baby cochin frizzle, Ella, and I absolutely ADORE her. However, she and her two broodermates (orpingtons) poo alot. Not a big deal, but her little feet feathers are GROSS and covered in the stinking stuff. I've trimmed them way down, but I was wondering if anyone has any ideas on keeping them clean? And if anyone has anyy chickens with feathered feet, how do they stay clean?
     
  2. Msbear

    Msbear Fancy Banties

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    keep them out of wet conditions; mud, wet poo, etc. As long as it's dry, they'll be fine [​IMG]

    eta: If you're serious about the feet feathering, some folks use white sand in the runs
     
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  3. sixlittlechicks09

    sixlittlechicks09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Hmm interesting... The run is pretty dry, but it's going to be a few more weeks before they're out there. I'll have to talk to the padre about white sand [​IMG] I'm sure he'll be thrilled!
     
  4. azygous

    azygous Chicken Obsessed

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    Yeah, sand! I have a whole fleet of feathered feet (Cochins and Brahmas,) and I have construction sand in the pen over dry clay. If it weren't for the four to six inches of sand, any rain could turn the clay into hopeless, sticky mud. (But the pen is roofed over, so rain splash around the edges is all it gets.)

    The sand also permits any runny poop to be absorbed, leaving just a crust lying on the surface. The fleet of feathered feet almost never have poop problems. Sometimes, if I notice someone has fouled their feet, they get a fast foot wash in a bowl of warm water, then back to the sandy pen to dry. (Unless it's winter and freezing)
     
  5. sixlittlechicks09

    sixlittlechicks09 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:HA! [​IMG]
     

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