Making booties to protect leg feathers

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by horsecrazy, Apr 19, 2009.

  1. horsecrazy

    horsecrazy Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 26, 2008
    central CA
    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 ([​IMG]) 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?
  2. StrawberryHouseMouse

    StrawberryHouseMouse Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 23, 2009
    Cleveland, Tennessee
    Sounds silly to me. Cute but silly..
  3. turtleblossom

    turtleblossom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 8, 2008
    Silly or not - if you make chicken booties you have to post a pic.
    *snicker* chicken booties!
  4. Poulets De Cajun

    Poulets De Cajun Overrun With Chickens

    Why not just keep them on wire and/or shavings if you are worried about keeping their feet feathers in condition?

    Boots would break the feather shafts, and they'll be just as bad as dirty feathers.....

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