New to chickens and new to the PacNW and we've got a big problem: after research online about why my four happy and healthy Buff Orps' feet started turning red yesterday, it appears they have "scald". This condition occurs because of wet bedding problems and the ammonia literally "burning" their skin. Well, we're pretty certain it's not the coop - we have that almost as dry as a bone due to deep, clean pine shavings, excellent ventilation, and mucking every other day. No smell at all. It must be the run - only a part of it is wet-wet but we're talking some days it holds 2+ inches of water. You'd think the hens would avoid it but they don't. Obviously, it's the low-lying area and that is where the manure drains and must be high in ammonia. That area is the culprit and we're getting a 1/2 ton of big pea gravel in there this weekend. So. PROBLEM solved hopefully, but how to treat the hens' feet? I heard they could be unable to walk (and therefore forage) very quickly, not to mention I hate them having discomfort. Anyone have experience or suggestions, please???