I recently got a Silkie Hen. She came with Bumble Foot. My question is: I was wondering if I can or should cut her leg feathering down quite a bit in order to keep her feet cleaner during her treatment?
Not every single case of bumblefoot has to be treated. I have many chickens that have dark spots on footpads, but I don't do surgery unless there is a limp, or redness and swelling along with a black dot. I have a ton of tiny sharp rocks in my soil that constantly come to the surface, so I just watch them. I can't say about the feather--neither of my silkies has had the problem. You can try soaking the foot in epsom slats or Tricide Neo to try and get by without the surgery.