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A foot pad is the soft, fleshy area on the underside of a bird’s foot where the three large toes meet. The pad should be free of cuts, scabs or abscesses.
Foot pad health is an issue for birds housed on litter flooring – especially during the winter months when the birds may be forced to spend long periods on wet, ammonia saturated litter. Damage to the foot pads is painful and can lead to leg problems and bacterial infections. Soft, dry litter will keep the bottoms of your birds’ feet in good condition. You should inspect the birds’ feet every week to spot any foot pad problems early when they are easy to correct.
The methods of promoting good foot pad health include:
These techniques will keep your birds’ feet healthy year round.