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Hello there, I wash my Japanese Quail all the time for shows and different things, especially the white and tuxedo colours. Before showing Quail I have shown Bantams for years so I decided to continue using the 3 bucket method for washing them. You will find that if they are paired up for breeding they tend to get more dirty so I separate the males and females about a week before the show. As the method syas its just 3 Buckets the first bucket is a bucket of warm water with detergent, I use Johnsons baby shampoo, you slowly dip them up and down into the water never letting their heads go under as Quail drown very quickly. Make sure all the droppings and stains have been removed then dip them into another bucket of warm clean water, then I like put about 2 tablespoons of conditioner into a bucket with warm water and make sure its thoroughly diluted and follow the same method of dipping in and out. Some people use the 3rd wash for other things but I find the conditioner works so well and gives shiny feathers and I use an organic conditioner to lessen the chance of irritations ."Remember only a little conditioner ". I then take it out and towel dry the quail very very gently if its still very wet use the hairdryer on low if its too hot for you on your hand its way too how for the quail and never use direct heat use your hand in between the dryer and Quail. Then put your Quail into a clean cage, its pointless doing all the washing to only put the quail back into a dirty cage. Have Fun and try to encourage your friends to get quails so there are more of us showing at the Royal Show this year entries are now open and are only $1 each entry and this includes your entry. If you have any further info u can contact me at quailkingdom@outlook.com

 also to enter your quails into  the royal show do it online at http://www.theshow.com.au/show-entries.jsp

 

Shane T


Edited by shanettaylor - 4/21/16 at 7:06pm
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I used to have a white Coturnix too, and he would get so dirty from playing outside. I would wash him in the summer with warm water and a mild dog shampoo. In his later years he developed an overactive preen-gland, and I would use Dawn dish soap in that area specifically. He didn't really like the water too much, but he liked getting blow dried or sitting outside and sunning after a good drying with a towel.
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