My parents and I gave our chickens a partial soak today with my goal being to get some dried poop off their feathers and some dirt of their feet. I found that they liked the warm water I also found that it was hard to get the dried stuff off even after soaking them without pulling feathers off with it (my Dad who was helping me did not want to soak them very long, so maybe that was part of it) .
How long do you soak before trying to remove dried poop (assuming that's the best method? And how necessary is it if the bird is otherwise fine?
If you use a brush to clean their legs (which I haven't tried), do you go toward the feet or away from them?
What would the purpose of adding soap or epsom salts to the water be? If you use eposom salts in the water, does the bird need to be rinsed off before you dry it?