I saw a picture somewhere of a silkie breeder with homemade booties on her birds to protect their leg/foot feathers. I just got a pair of black Cochin bantams () that are pretty good quality and their leg feathers are very nice. I keep my chickens in a large run and their feathers are going to be worn to stubs in no time. I was thinking, as a pattern, a circle for the sole (extra-thick), with a tube stitched to it , with drawstrings at the top. But I'm afraid that they won't be able to grip their perch at night. Has anyone else ever "booted' their bird?