showgirl foot feather question

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by laughingllama75, Sep 8, 2009.

  1. laughingllama75

    laughingllama75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ok, experts. Question for you!
    My 2 showgirls (and silkie in the same pen) all had NICE foot feathering, correct with feathering on the middle toe......LAST TIME I LOOKED. now, about a month later, both showgirls have broken feathers on middle toe so almost no feathering shows, and on the silkie, it looks like h never had feathering on that toe. I KNOW they did, because I was happy about it being so correct.
    So, I have them on the floor of the coop, on shavings. I use the deep litter method. Should I have them on something different? Will the feathers grow back" Any thoughts? On the male showgirl, I guess it doesn't matter too much, as I don't care for his wing feathers (too many hard feathers) but he is looking pretty typey for just 5 months old. Well shoot. any thoughts would be great. [​IMG]
     
  2. laughingllama75

    laughingllama75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Anyone? I know there are showgirls/silkie people out there, just dying to help me! [​IMG]
     
  3. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Check for scaley leg and feather mites.
     
  4. laughingllama75

    laughingllama75 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I did, thier feet are as smooth as a babies bottom. Since they are missing feather, should I maybe vaseline them anyway? No one else has them, as far as I can tell. hmmm.

    I didn't check for feather mites.......but I will. God, i hope not. sigh. thats just what I need.
     
    Last edited: Sep 9, 2009

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