keeping foot feathers nice for showing

Wendy'sChicksRock

Songster
9 Years
Aug 8, 2010
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Oakland county ,MI
My beautifully featherd feet on my bantam cochins are looking horrible.. How do you all keep them nice.?They are on shavings now.

Here is a befor pic of the feet

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after just picture all the feathers broken or mostly gone
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Sumatra55

Songster
9 Years
Jan 12, 2011
108
3
124
Keep them in individual wire pens is about the only way to keep manure off of their feet.
 

95yj

Songster
10 Years
Nov 25, 2009
702
10
131
Central Vermont
I've never raised feather legged chickens but i used to show russian tumbler pigeons, which do have feather legs. It helps to use really small hardware cloth (1/4-1/8 inch) or a solid wall so the feathers can't fit through and snap off. Always keep the pens lined with really clean shavings, i'd suggest just spreading down a 1/2 inch every few days depending on the size of the pen. I also think it helps to keep them entertained, throw some scratch in the shavings so the can root around for it or hang a head of lettuce from the top of the pen so they can peck at it, this gives them something to do other than destroy their feathers. Also check that the perches aren't too close to the walls or anything like that.
 

95yj

Songster
10 Years
Nov 25, 2009
702
10
131
Central Vermont
I've never raised feather legged chickens but i used to show russian tumbler pigeons, which do have feather legs. It helps to use really small hardware cloth (1/4-1/8 inch) or a solid wall so the feathers can't fit through and snap off. Always keep the pens lined with really clean shavings, i'd suggest just spreading down a 1/2 inch every few days depending on the size of the pen. I also think it helps to keep them entertained, throw some scratch in the shavings so the can root around for it or hang a head of lettuce from the top of the pen so they can peck at it, this gives them something to do other than destroy their feathers. Also check that the perches aren't too close to the walls or anything like that.
 

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