Sunday, January 24th, 2010 | Author:

Let’s talk chicken feet today, shall we?

First off is Fred’s feet.

Rooster Claws

His spurs are like nails. I mean there is no give to them when you squeeze them. Just complete and utter HARDNESS.

Fred is not a friendly rooster, but he and I have an understanding. MrC sometimes has to remind him of their mutual understanding in other methods involving a shoe and threats of a gun.

But overall Fred isn’t too bad of a rooster. And when we have visitors, he’s never bothered anyone. *knock on wood*

Now onto a less lethal pair of feet:

Crooked Chicken Toe

This is one of my Barred Rock hens. In fact, she was/is the dominant hen.

You can see the toe on her left leg is facing backwards. I have NO IDEA how this happened. Just one day last Spring, I noticed that she was limping and closer inspection showed that she had somehow ‘broken’ her toe so that it wasn’t correctly positioned anymore. I brought her inside to inspect it closer (much to the dogs delight) but there was no swelling and I couldn’t see any external damage.

Chickens are mean to the weaker chickens so I kept a close eye on how she was treated. She was eating normal and would hop from the chicken coop to outside with the other to eat bugs. But all that hopping would make her tired and she’d just lay in the grass for periods of time. She still slept on the roost by hopping slowly up the ramp, and none of the other chickens were picking on her.

Then her toe swelled up. To about 3 times it’s normal size. I knew that if she got an infection in her leg, it would eventually kill her so again I kept a close eye on her for any signs of change.

The swelling eventually went down and soon she became one fast hopper. I’d call to the chickens and they’d all come running and here she’d come, hopping like her life depended on it.  I wish I would’ve gotten a video of it b/c it was pretty comical to watch her come hopping so fast.

Now you can’t even tell there’s anything wrong with her.  She’s still the dominant hen and never hesitates to make sure the other chickens know that.

But I still wonder- how in the WORLD did she break her toe like that?

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7 Responses
  1. Darlene says:

    Those feet look wild! Poor thing breaking her toe like that. I’m glad she is fine and can still get around alright.

    I was going to tell you the camera is our new toy we got for Christmas. It is a Sony Cybershot and is FABULOUS compared to our old camera.

  2. Nancy M. says:

    Your hen has pretty big spurs for a hen! And some mighty interesting feet. I’ll bet it was cool to see her hopping around. Glad she’s better!

  3. Courtney says:

    It must have been a pretty bad run-in with something to have her toe facing backwards! Glad she didn’t get an infection though!

  4. Kathleen says:

    Sometimes, chickens, and especially ducks, get what is callled ”boggle foot” . This usually happens when they have stepped on something and it gets inside and festers up or just causes a great swelling. You can get a topical spray to spray on thier feet if the swelling remains for more than a week. I had to do this for a duck. She had gotten out of the pen and stepped on mesquite thorns. She was instantly better the following day. Also, chickens get their toes hung on small places in the hen house, causing them to tug, and then creating a swelling. Glad it all cleared up. blessings,Kathleen

  5. Becky says:

    Chicken feet?! What a post! Cute!!!
    Glad she’s ok, though.

  6. Farmchick says:

    Glad to hear she is ok. I love chickens, they are so much fun to watch. She does have some mighty big feet.

  7. Katiegirl says:

    Whoa, those are some mighty impressive spurs on that rooster!

    And poor henny. Glad she’s feeling normal again! Is there any wire she might have gotten her toe caught in? Perhaps she owed money to the mob and they broke it? Heh.

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