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How do you wash a chicken

post #1 of 9
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I'm planning on taking my Orpington rooster to the Melbourne show and he is a very messy chook also is it at all dangerous to wash them because he costed 200$ !!!:
post #2 of 9

Do not wash chickens as it strips them of the natural oils in their wings and they die. You may be able to give a wipe down with a cloth but washing will kill him. (From Experience)

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post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
Thank you sooo much for the warning
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I wash mine with dawn dish soap. I just had a hen that was skinned on both sides due to a coyote attack. I partly filled the bathtub and used a cup to rinse her off. I used just a little soap as I didn't want to hurt her. She loved sitting in the warm water and didn't mind the dryer. She looked very clean after her baths!

People wash their chickens all the time before a show. You can even blow dry them.
post #5 of 9
I think the 'washing off their protective coating' may pertain to ducks not chickens.
post #6 of 9

As long as you don't wash your chickens too often and use shampoo that is safe for them they should be safe, I use Ferret shampoo on my chickens also kitten and puppy shampoo. These pages from Storey's Guide to Raising Chickens should help you.smile.png

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chickens: 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 Blue Andalusian, 2 White Leghorn, and a Fluffy lil' Silkie. 

Finches: 3 zebra finches ( Curry, Avire, and Soapy).

 Ferrets: Silvie and Blackie (also known as Booger).

 RIP : Sugar, Puzzle, Yeller, and recently Butter who were taken away by a fox.

Soapy who died on 10/12/13 and Mellow who passed away on March 26, 2014.

http://6chickens7finches.blogspot.com/

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Chickens: 1 Sicilian Buttercup, 1 Blue Andalusian, 2 White Leghorn, and a Fluffy lil' Silkie. 

Finches: 3 zebra finches ( Curry, Avire, and Soapy).

 Ferrets: Silvie and Blackie (also known as Booger).

 RIP : Sugar, Puzzle, Yeller, and recently Butter who were taken away by a fox.

Soapy who died on 10/12/13 and Mellow who passed away on March 26, 2014.

http://6chickens7finches.blogspot.com/

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post #7 of 9

Wow!  You learn something every day.

 

I just did a quick search on washing chickens because my porcelaine colored EE rooster has fermented feed slopped all down the front of him and I was wondering if it would hurt him if I gave him a quick dunk in the sink to clean him up a bit.  Never thought I'd find all this though.  

post #8 of 9

me too, just washed the dog and looked at the chooks and thought, nah I better check first. So glad I did. Thanks

post #9 of 9

you can wash a chicken youtube  look up Patrick Haley and you will see best of show viedos and this is a link to the show kit (cheep) http://jefferpet.com and look up in the webs sherch box best of show ok its olny $25 pretty good price happy washing!  

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