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Awesome! I haven't tried whitening shampoo, I was hoping dawn would do the trick but looks like it won't. I can't wait to try it out!

Try one of the whitening shampoos. Just make sure when you lather your bird up, and leave the shampoo on for a little bit, you don't have any blue/purple spots on the bird. Scrub the shampoo in really good. Otherwise you'll turn your bird blue or purple (depending on the color of your shampoo). I did that to my white cochin because I was getting pretty desperate trying to get him white. gig.gifHis hackles are yellow because one of our workers was feeding them cracked corn... I was hoping it was just dirt, but the yellow wasn't coming out after several baths. So, until he molts...I can't show him. sad.png 

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post #22 of 43
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This is my step by step of what I do to groom my silkies for a show.


I use my kitchen sink hose, I also don't fill the sink up, silkies tend to try their hardest to drown themselves idunno.gif





Step 1: Wet down your silkie.

Step 2: I start with a baby shampoo, I like to mix the shampoo with water but still at a good concentration that it suds up nicely. This way it gets better coverage and is easier to work through the feathers. This is your first wash out of two (or 3 if you want).



Step 3: Scrub them up nicely, making sure to get all of the soiled areas, ESPECIALLY between the toes and in the foot and bum feathers.



Step 4: Rinse the first shampoo, doesn't have to be completely rinsed out just mostly.

Step 5: Next, use a specific shampoo for your silkies color. This is a good whitening shampoo, especially for lighter birds that aren't completely white since it has no dyes. Works great for white birds when left on for longer.



Step 6: Let the shampoo sit for about 5 minutes (with this shampoo on a colored bird you only want to leave it on for no more than 3 minutes or it will wash out their coloring), You can repeat the shampooing process with a strong scented shampoo if desired.




Step 7: Rinse out the shampoo as much as possible.


Step 8: Fill a pitcher with water and add a small amount of white vinegar, I add about 2 tablespoons.





Step 9: Pour over your silkie while scrubbing to get it down to the skin, this cuts through any leftover soap. Rinse out the vinegar a little after.




Step 10: "wring out" Your silkie and wrap it like a burrito in a towel, but not too tight.




Step 11: This is when I file the beak and the toe nails, but if you are new and nervous about it it would be best to do it before the bath in case of any blood. This is her beak before filing. You can clearly see the translucent tip to the beak. This is what you want to remove.




Here is a picture after I filed down her beak, you can see where I stopped and how I rounded it off.




This is a picture of her nails before filing




This is why some may want to do this before the bath, especially on light colored birds. If you don't know how to tell where the quick is it best to do it before you have a clean bird roll.png
 Don't freak out if this happens! It is fine and will normally stop with a little pressure. This is also why I like to file them, it is easier to judge how much to file and even if you get down to the quick it won't bleed a lot.




These are her nails after I filed them. This is what you want.




Seasoned pro lau.gif





Step 12: This is what I use to dry my silkies, a grooming force dryer. It is a great investment! It cuts drying time in half and helps fluff them up. This is low power, which works great because it doesn't blow them away lol.png





Dry your silkie completely




Step 13(optional): I just bought this to use for my silkies, I haven't tried it yet. So we will try it together! I strayed this lightly on her feathers, lifting them up as I sprayed to get it down to the skin. Then re-blowdry.







Step 14: After your bird is dry, brush the feathers gently with a slicker brush.




This will help remove any waxy feather coverings 




Step 15: I like to put VetRx on their combs and toes to add a nice shine





The finished product, what do you think?
















Great tutorial! That's really helpful smile.png where can I buy the supplies, whitening shampoo, dryer, Rx? I'm sorry I'm still new to this.. Another question what is the youngest I can wash them? Mine is about 2 months old is that too young still ?
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i've started mine at 5 weeks, but spot clean earlier than that. You can get most of the stuff off of petedge.com or entirelypets.com, the vetrx you can get at a feed store

post #24 of 43
Ok I'll check those websites! I'm excited to get my ill peeps all cleaned up! .....just wondering I know I can wash my silkie, but is it the same for the other chicken breeds? I also have an Orpington can I wash her?
post #25 of 43
I trimmed my silkies nails... And that was a challenge! I tried trimming the beak but that was even harder.. I couldn't get them to stay still... I got to scared and gave up.. I don't know if I should clip it with a nail clipper or use a nail file ?
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I trimmed my silkies nails... And that was a challenge! I tried trimming the beak but that was even harder.. I couldn't get them to stay still... I got to scared and gave up.. I don't know if I should clip it with a nail clipper or use a nail file ?
You can but just barely, you don't want to quick their beaks or nails too badly or it won't stop bleeding.
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Ok I'll check those websites! I'm excited to get my ill peeps all cleaned up! .....just wondering I know I can wash my silkie, but is it the same for the other chicken breeds? I also have an Orpington can I wash her?

Yeah you can, but don't scrub hard
post #27 of 43
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Originally Posted by PaintedFeathers View Post

i've started mine at 5 weeks, but spot clean earlier than that. You can get most of the stuff off of petedge.com or entirelypets.com, the vetrx you can get at a feed st

Great job on the tutorial!  Thanks so much! 

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Coop includes 1 husband, 1 21 yr old son (flew the coop) 2 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats, African and South American cichlids, White,blue, black , splash, lavender, porcelain, paint, and blue partridge Silkies, l, 1 Silver Phoenix pullet, SF Polish in White Crested Black, Buff Lace, and Gold Lace. WC Blue Frizzled  Polish Bantam waiting on some ladies.

 

 

 

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Coop includes 1 husband, 1 21 yr old son (flew the coop) 2 horses, 2 dogs, 2 cats, African and South American cichlids, White,blue, black , splash, lavender, porcelain, paint, and blue partridge Silkies, l, 1 Silver Phoenix pullet, SF Polish in White Crested Black, Buff Lace, and Gold Lace. WC Blue Frizzled  Polish Bantam waiting on some ladies.

 

 

 

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post #28 of 43

So, what's the proper length for the beak? I want to make sure I trim my cockerel's beak properly before I take him to our first show. big_smile.png

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post #29 of 43
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So, what's the proper length for the beak? I want to make sure I trim my cockerel's beak properly before I take him to our first show. big_smile.png

Take off as much of the discolored tip as possible. You can see in the picture where the blue coloring of the beak stops and the discoloring starts smile.png and make sure it's nice and rounded


Edited by PaintedFeathers - 4/12/13 at 1:33pm
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Take off as much of the discolored tip as possible. You can see in the picture where the blue coloring of the beak stops and the discoloring starts smile.png and make sure it's nice and rounded

Idiot me!! Didn't think to go back and look at the pictures. lau.gif BYC needs one of those smiley faces that's slapping itself on the forehead, because that'd be me right now. lol

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