Let’s talk chicken feet today, shall we?
First off is Fred’s feet.
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:
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?