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Old 27-07-2009, 12:30 PM
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Concrete knobs on chicken feet

I just rescued 6 hens from what were terrible conditions and a few of them have rock hard lumps of chicken poop stuck to their toes, some the size of very large grapes. I tried to gently pull them off and even to scrape them with a knife but with poor results. They don't even seem to soften in the wet grass. Any suggestions???
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Old 28-07-2009, 11:48 AM
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Re: Concrete knobs on chicken feet

If they will let you calmly hold them then get them to walk around in a shallow warm water bath to soften the balls. We used to put some in the bath and fill it a little with a rubber mat, now I use trays and they paddle around drinking the water lol. It may take a few days, and a few goes, not all at once and be careful as the last bits may have skin attached,so may be better to get the worst off and then let them rest a while and their feet dry out thoroughly.
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Re: Concrete knobs on chicken feet

OK, thanks I'll give it a whirl!!
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Re: Concrete knobs on chicken feet

How are the chicken's feet today? It saddens me that the poor things have got into such a bad way, at least they will have a good life with you! I have a real soft spot for chickens and have always wanted to rescue some but we have too many foxes and cats in our garden so i dare not risk keeping hens!
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