A couple of days ago, one of my favorite Border hens pulled the gray felt nest pad out of her nest and shredded it to the point that she had her feet all bound with fibers that were cutting into her feet and threatening the circulation. If these are not removed, she could lose a toe or two or even a foot!
In the past I have used sewing needles to work between the fiber and flesh but this can easily cause damage and bleeding.
What a great discovery I made when I tried using dental picks with soft plastic to get under the fiber without causing bleeding. After removing all fibers, I dip the feet in iodine.