My 7 y.o. DD is entering her first showmanship competition this Saturday. This afternoon we washed Fluffina, her (hatchery) white silkie. We used baby shampoo in the first tub, warm water and white vinegar in the second, and warm water with a few drops of bluing in the third. I admit, I used a pretty light hand with the bluing because I was scared we'd have a blue bird if I didn't . We shampooed her crest twice, and I rinsed it with the bluing water. After we used the blow dryer on her she looks pretty, but her crest and the back of her neck is still dingier than the rest of her. Is there anything we can do to get it whiter without washing the whole bird again? When I was a kid I competed in Pony Club with a white horse, and in addition to a bluing rinse on her tail I also used a white hair dye called "White Minx" and rinsed it out. I'd be hesitant to do anything like this so close to a bird's eyes, though. Do any of you know how to get a white silkie's crest really white? Is there anything we can work into the crest to whiten it without having to get her wet all over? And how do the crest and the back of the neck get so dingy looking anyhow? Many thanks!