Broken Footfeathers

Broken foot feathers in an older hen

Freshly forming foot feathers still in their sheath are quite stiff and can break off, bleeding profusely.

The advice of a vet is to pull these feathers, especially as they can keep bleeding for a long time. If left as stubs they may not shed properly during the next moult and cause trouble for a long time.

They can be pulled out on the roost at night using pliers and pulling in the direction of the feather.

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