Muddy toes on hens, can I rinse them off?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by flockof4, Jun 24, 2010.

  1. flockof4

    flockof4 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have very clayey soil and we've had a wet spring. Sometimes I notice that my girls' toenails are caked with clay/dirt from all the scratching and digging they do. Can/Should I rinse their little toes in some warm water to loosen the clay? I don't want their nails to get some sort of infection.
     
  2. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    They are farmyard animals, some dirt won't hurt them in the slightest.
     
  3. Dora'smom

    Dora'smom Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yes, you can. Our girls will occasionally get almost what I would call mud-balls on their toes/claws, and my husband holds the bird while I wash them off. The birds that I did this with actually seemed to enjoy it once they realized what I was doing. It won't hurt your birds at all.
     
  4. MaureenL128

    MaureenL128 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    bathtime is becoming a regular thing around here. i have one girl who tends to get a poopy butt so my husband wraps her in a towel while i wash her behind in the bin.
     

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