Today I washed my first bird for practice, as I will be showing her late this month. I had the help of a friend and bathed my white bird, a Sultan who is very fragile.
Halfway into the bath, she was shaking violenty. I though she was going into shock and was seriously about to cry. (Note: I followed a great set of directions I found online and read them before bathing.) I made the bath very short, doing all the steps though I'm use I left some soap in.
My friend told me she was just being nervious but I took my pullet out anyway, toweled her, and blow-dried her whole body, as she still shook rapidly. I put her under a heat lamp an she kept contact with her brood-mate, a Polish. Eventually, I had to resort to putting the Polish in with her and she calmed down alot, shaking little and beginning to preen herself. It's been a few hours and I moved the Polish so my pullet wouldn't get poo on herself. I'm still shaking myself.
The exhibition is not strictly APA and is mainly for 4H-ers like myself. My birds that I'm showing are only 11 weeks old, and will be nearly 3 months old when I have to bath them next. I'm so frightened, I highly doubt I'll be washing my girl again. I wasn't expecting this much trouble. But she does have both a habit of being nervous and sickly. The other two I'm planning to wash are much stronge birds but are the same age.
Question: Is this normal behavior? Or is it age? Just her? I can try to put up a pic of her and her clean self tomorrow.
Edited by ThePolishPrincess - 7/25/09 at 7:37pm