Should I wash their feet?

Smileybans

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So I feed my 3 week old silkie chicks fermented feed in the morning. And they have a tendency to jump into the bowl to be the first to eat it. Which ends up with their foot feathers caked in food. I don’t notice any walking difficulties but I’m worried it might lead to some. I’m also worried they will get cold if I wash them. Should I was their feet and if so how should I do it?
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Lady of McCamley

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I would wash their feet, and if you can, gently blow dry them for a couple of minutes. The old feed could produce bacteria that might cause problems.

Then I would move the fermented feed so they can't crawl into it any more.

Silkies are a magnet for bumble foot, and it is best to let their feathers keep relatively clean on wood chips. I've had Silkies on muddy ground with no harm, but they were a mess.

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Smileybans

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I would wash their feet, and if you can, gently blow dry them for a couple of minutes. The old feed could produce bacteria that might cause problems.

Then I would move the fermented feed so they can't crawl into it any more.

Silkies are a magnet for bumble foot, and it is best to let their feathers keep relatively clean on wood chips. I've had Silkies on muddy ground with no harm, but they were a mess.

LofMc
Thank you. I have a blow dryer so I can try and use that. I’ll put the bowl on something so they don’t jump into it. I’m just finding they love to jump right now.
 

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