What kind of shoes do you wear out to the chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by kuntrychick, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. kuntrychick

    kuntrychick Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 19, 2009
    I was just wondering what kind of shoes you all wear when tending to the chickens.

    I mostly wear flip flops lol, but for colder weather I got some gardening shoes on sale one day at TSC that are rubber looking. I thought they would be much easier to clean the chicken poop off the bottom by just hosing them off & such than the flip flops lol.

    What is your routine as far as in & out of the house like when you need to make just a quick trip out there to the chickens then back in the house? Or, what about when you get your chicken shoes on & then remember something you forgot to get out of the house?

    I mean, it feels like I'm changing back & forth between shoes all the time! [​IMG]

    And like this morning when I got up, just out of habit, I wore my flip flops out there. Then, as I was about to go back in the house I realized it, looked at the bottom & sure enough there was a big wad of chicken poop! I had not even had my coffee yet so I just took them off on the porch & walked in the house barefoot & got around to cleaning them later.

    Then, the other day when I had those gardening shoes on, I had to go to the store. Well, while walking in the store I realized I had my chicken shoes on! [​IMG]
  2. justbugged

    justbugged Head of the Night Crew for WA State

    Jan 27, 2009
    I just wear my everyday sneakers. I have a boot brush next to the coop and another boot brush by the backdoor. It isn't like the dogs aren't walking in and out around here. I should wash the floor more often.
  3. DancingHen

    DancingHen Chillin' With My Peeps

    Mar 11, 2011
    Central Oregon Coast
    I wear a pair of black rubber garden clogs. They slip on and off without having to touch them, they are waterproof so my toes stay clean if it's raining, and they are easy to clean. Plus the toes are thick and solid so the hens can't peck my toes! [​IMG]
  4. kittykat01

    kittykat01 Out Of The Brooder

    Sep 4, 2011
    I have a pair of flip flops / thongs that I only wear around the yard, never in the house or if I leave the yard. They are easy to clean, and I hose them off when I water the garden. I am considering getting a pair of rubber 'crocks' for the rainy season so that my toes stay dry [​IMG] I am pretty pedantic about not going in the coop without footwear, and not coming inside our house WITH footwear (we have carpet). My children also follow the thongs/crocks rule. Maybe I'm a fusspot, but I really don't like the squelch of poop between my toes [​IMG]
  5. mpare

    mpare Out Of The Brooder

    Jul 16, 2010
    Dillsburg, PA
    I have a pair of "Muck" garden shoes that I absolutely love. They slip on and off easily so I can leave them just outside our side door. They are lightweight, water proof and come in cool colors and prints that are fun to wear. I bought mine at a local farmers market but you can get them at www.muckbootsandshoes.com.
    Last edited: Nov 20, 2011
  6. chickenbythesea

    chickenbythesea Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jun 15, 2011
    Nova Scotia
    I have a pair of funky red Boggs boots that I wear. I love Boggs and I needed a reason to justify buying them... so the chickens were it [​IMG]
  7. theoldchick

    theoldchick The Chicken Whisperer Premium Member

    May 11, 2010
    I usually wear the slip-on rubber muck shoes for working around the chickens. They last me about a year before the top split and they lose their waterproof quality.
  8. J's Orpingtons

    J's Orpingtons Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 14, 2011
    Somewhere in NI...
    Quote:I wear me Gumboots [​IMG]
  9. Ukiah

    Ukiah Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 15, 2011
    I just wear my 'cowgirl' boots. They keep my feet from getting muddy (and pecked) [​IMG]
  10. Wisher1000

    Wisher1000 Bama Biddy

    Last spring, when it was time for the stores to put out their flip flops for summer, I bought 4 pair of men's shoes at Walmart. They are crock-like with fake lambskin inside. One pair were a chocolate brown and the others were a sort of swirled camo. They were on clearance for about $2 a pair. I keep these by the back (most used door.) I have three boys and they all wear them. Also, if anyone who visits wants to go out to see the chickens. I say, "Here, slip your shoes off and put these on, I don't want you taking any free fertilizer home!" It keeps their cars clean, makes for a more pleasant chicken experience for the visiter (no having to clean their own shoes) and helps ensure bio-safety at my coop.

    On a funny note, the roosters all HATE the brown ones! They are not prone to threaten or flog me (sometimes the boys, but not me) unless I am wearing the brown ones! They go for those shoes every time someone wears them to the coop! Silly birds...........

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