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Question about d'Uccle feet

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by elmo, May 12, 2010.

  1. elmo

    elmo Songster

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    I got some d'Uccle hatching eggs to slip under a broody and all five hatched last Friday. The chicks are lively and adorable with their little muffs and feathered feet. As I was checking each chick over before they settled in under their hen for the night, I noticed that many of them had matted dirt in their foot feathers from running around and scratching in the dirt/grass all day.

    Is there any special care I should give to their feet because of their feathering? Should I be giving them foot baths to keep the feathers clean? I'm not so much concerned about appearance as health.
     
  2. joe17

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    No they should be fine. I have some silkies and a d uccle chick and they are fine.
     
  3. americana-chick

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    They should be fine. As long a you are not wanting them to look like they are ready to go to a show 24/7 I dont think it really matters. Is the pen really muddy though? If they are just little baby chicks mud could caue a problem but other than that i think they will be fine.
     
  4. elmo

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    Nope, the pen isn't muddy. I have sand in my runs, and a chicken tractor that I let each hen and her brood spend time in separately. They've been digging energetically all over the place, though.

    Thanks for the advice! I appreciate it. We have one half d"Uccle hen already and wanted more because she is so sweet. She only has a single feather on each leg, though.
     

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