Anything I can do to whiten my duck's feathers?

Discussion in 'Ducks' started by Lexi108, Nov 26, 2017.

  1. Lexi108

    Lexi108 In the Brooder

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    So I have a pekin hen who lovessss getting dirty. Mud, she lays in it. Poop, she will play in it. She bathes every day but her underside is pretty much stained brown(It looks like she has sat in a heavy smoker's home for years and got nicotine stained haha) but I was just wondering if there was something safe that could help remove the stains? It's no problem to me, she's just so fat and pretty that I'd love to see her shine a bit more. If not, it's perfectly fine. Thanks!
     
  2. oldhenlikesdogs

    oldhenlikesdogs Making Coffee

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    Yellowing of the feathers is fairly normal. Keeping it's swimming water clean may help, but I don't think long term you can prevent it. She will be pretty every year after the molt, than her feathers will start to wear out again.
     
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    I have given my ducks and chickens baths when getting them ready for shows. I have used Dawn dish soap, It is safe and it cleans them pretty good too. This time of year it is cooler outside so you need to make sure that they are 100% dried off and warm. Give them time before putting them back out to let them do a good grooming on themselves to put their oils back on the feathers. That is a must for ducks!
     
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  4. Lexi108

    Lexi108 In the Brooder

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    Thanks! I will try Dawn. :) And haha yeah,this time of year she is being kept inside along with my chickens. They're too spoiled. They even all got to attend Thanksgiving dinner at my mom's, got their own plate and everything.
     
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  5. Maybe you should try that magic bluing stuff the old ladies use (or used to?) in their hair!
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    Sorry, I could not help myself

    gary
     
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    When our boys were younger and in 4-H and FFA they would wash their sheep and cream color cows in woolite to get them really clean and bright. But you can't use it on feathered animals.
     
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    Using soap on Ducks will remove the natural oils they produce to water proof their feathers..As @oldhenlikesdogs
    Mentioned, it's normal and will be gone after the molt..
     
  8. ViolinPlayer123

    ViolinPlayer123 Crossing the Road

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    Don't bathe your ducks, just provide fresh clean swimming water. If the duck drinks the soapy water it can get sick, and it does remove the oil.
     
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