Bathe or trim feathers?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by slnorac1975, Aug 11, 2011.

  1. slnorac1975

    slnorac1975 Out Of The Brooder

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    One of my Rocks has a lot of poo, in the feathers around her vent. Should I try to bathe her or trim off the feathers, with the poo on them? If bathing is the best answer, how does one bath a chicken? Thank you
     
  2. lowry075

    lowry075 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Baby shampoo works. As to how? I was just really gentle and avoided my hen's face. I focused on her rear end and used warm water in my bath tub. She dealt with it very well and Emma is not super docile. Some people blow them dry and say their birds like it. I haven't tried that because it has been warm and I was worried I'd scare my girl.
     
  3. rungirl

    rungirl Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Chickens love a warm bath... once they get used to it. I use Dawn dishsoap.
     
  4. slnorac1975

    slnorac1975 Out Of The Brooder

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    Quote:LOL, it never occured to me to try and blow her dry. I would guess it would be a lot like trying to blow-dry a cat!

    Thank you, for the helpful information. I think I will wait and bathe her on Sunday, when both my husband and my 4 year old are out fishing. I think my husband would have a fit it I put a chicken in our tub and I know our 4 yr old would tell him, too,!
     

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