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cool Okay, now this may seem as a dumb question but,,,,,,Can you give a chicken a bath, or should you for that matter?  2 of my girls are covered in mud (dang rain) and look absolutely disgusting.  Is it safe to give them a bath?  Any particular type of shampoo?

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I bathed my silkie that was shipped to me earlier in the week. She had lots of poo stuck in her fluff. It was pretty easy, just make sure you don't get any water or soap around their eyes/nose. I used a liquid oatmeal soap by aveeno. It was the only gentle soap I had. There are some really good youtube videos on how to bathe a chicken, thats where I went to find out how.

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I bathed my silkie that was shipped to me earlier in the week. She had lots of poo stuck in her fluff. It was pretty easy, just make sure you don't get any water or soap around their eyes/nose. I used a liquid oatmeal soap by aveeno. It was the only gentle soap I had. There are some really good youtube videos on how to bathe a chicken, thats where I went to find out how.


thumbsup And don't get any in their ears either, they can get REALLY sick.

post #4 of 39

I give my chickens baths all the time. I use oatmeal puppy shampoo. It's really fun big_smile

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post #5 of 39
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Thank you!  My wife has a similar soap, heading to you tube now,,,,,thanks again

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My birds let me bathe them, blow dry too! Here are some photos of my bantam cochin C.C..... They don't have t be raised up being bathed, I once rescued a factory hen, where you know they are not treated well, and she LOVED her bath!!!

http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/27552_cc_bath.jpg
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/27552_cc_bath_2.jpg
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...and here she is all fluffy after her blow dry!
http://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/uploads/27552_018.jpg

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"...the world is a dangerous place not because of those who do evil, but because of those who look on and do nothing..." -Albert Einstien

4 rescued herding mixes, 2 rescued kitties, bantam cochins and one roo- with an assortment of spring chicks on the way! Not to mention a wonderful soon to be husband that loves to BUILD!!! Lucky me!

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post #7 of 39

Aww, those bath pics are great!! 

I have wondered it was ok as well. Right now I only have chicks, but I have a white leghorn who can't seem to stay clear of the poo! Maybe when she's bigger we'll have to introduce her to bathtime! wink

post #8 of 39

i bath mine i just use baby shampoo or any shampoo that is tear free than i towel dry them and than blow dry have them sit in my room my parents dont like chickens in my room tho lol. i love it and than lat them dry and dont release them to coop if they are not dry to get them ready so they wont go into shock i open my windows every hour so they get useds to the outsid temp.

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i love my silkies =]
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post #9 of 39

Silkies double in size after a bath. Their fathers poof! I use on my show birds a gentle baby shampoo, a clean water rinse, and then a dunk in watered down woolite as a final rinse! Of course a good towl dry!

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I bathed mine once for a show, lol look what they looked like afterward.

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