keeping foot feathers nice for showing

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Wendy'sChicksRock, Mar 9, 2011.

  1. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Songster

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    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 [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  2. Sumatra55

    Sumatra55 Chirping

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    Keep them in individual wire pens is about the only way to keep manure off of their feet.
     
  3. 95yj

    95yj Songster

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    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.
     
  4. 95yj

    95yj Songster

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    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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