How to wash a chicken

A quick and simple 10 step guide on washing your chicken for whatever reason.
By ejtrout31 · May 19, 2019 · Updated May 19, 2019 · ·
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  1. ejtrout31
    In a previous article i talked about showing chickens and that your birds need to be washed before shows. (https://www.backyardchickens.com/articles/showing-chickens.74677/ ) So in this article i will explain the steps needed for washing your bird.

    Some reasons you may need to wash your chickens are you plan on showing them, they got sprayed by a skunk, are injured/soiled themselves if sick, or there just dirty.

    supplies
    If your washing your birds for show purposes you may want to buy a kit like this one https://www.meyerhatchery.com/produ...A5WSessionId=737550e738ae4744a0e9f90f6c2024bb plus the other things listed. If your just washing your chicken for other reasons than you will need these items
    ~More than one towel
    ~gloves
    ~apron *optional
    ~baby shampoo or ivory soap​
    ~cup
    ~toe nail brush (only if you want to scrub feet)
    ~ hair dryer
    ~ 2 buckets of luke warm water

    steps

    1. Gather all your supplies together. Make sure your supplies are all in reach and that your buckets are filled with lukewarm water. One bucket will be for rinsing and one for soap.
    2. Make sure you have a good grip on your chicken. They do not like being washed so they will flap their wings.
    3. Soak the bird in one bucket and wait until any poop or crusty items become lose before you pull them off. You can also scrub their feet at this time.
    4. Switch to the other bucket and gently lather the chicken in soap.
    5. Switch back to your first bucket you used. Use the cup to rinse the bird off until all soap is out.
    6. Gently squeeze extra water out.
    7. Gently wrap chicken in towels.
    8. Clean any wounds at this point.
    9. Use a hair dryer on low. making sure it doesn't get to warm for the chicken.
    10. Now you have a fresh and clean bird.

    Thank you for reading my article any questions or comments please ask.

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    About Author

    ejtrout31
    Hi my name is Ellie Trout. I am a small town farmer from northern minnesota. I raise beef cattle and many types of chickens for as long as I remember. I also show cattle and poultry.
    Thank you for reading my article I hope you liked it!
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  1. WannaBeHillBilly
    "Short and precise"
    5/5, 5 out of 5, reviewed May 21, 2019
    Short and very precise instructions how to wash a chicken. However we all would like to see a picture of the author being all wet and covered in feathers after attempting to wash one of her chickens… ;)
    Or at least a chicken in the clean-water bucket!
    ejtrout31 likes this.
    1. ejtrout31
      its still a little cold here to wash one but soon as i do i will add pictures

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  1. casportpony
    Great start! How about adding some pictures showing how to do it?
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    1. ejtrout31
      i dont have any pictures i wish i did though
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    2. casportpony
      Can you take some?
    3. ejtrout31
      its to cold here to wash chickens we are getting frost tonight
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