This Bowie is a naughty little bantam Cochin hen who insists on scratching around improperly in any mud she can find, until it coats the tips of her toes & claws and forms these weird little hard balls the size of peewee marbles. Then she walks around with little rocks on the end of her toes angling to land at the vets' with some funky new dumb chicken thing I have to stand there and explain to my poor bewildered vet.
Ha ha, NO. The kid hauled her into the house, where Bowie walked around the dining room floor, her toes clicking like castanets when I ran some warm water into the bathtub.
Time to soak a chicken.
We just put her in a few inches and closed the tub enclosure door and waited for the warm water to work it's magic to the tune of indignant cackling. We stood outside the tub with arms crossed, yelling back at her that maybe now she'd learn not to make mud castanets on her toes. Took about 20 minutes. Mind you, this is the second time Bowie has done this.
After that, I got to scrub out the tub. As you can see, Bowie was kind enough to jump up on the tub edge several times to really spread the filth.
Criminy, the dumbest things happen around here...