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Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by barredbeans7, Mar 2, 2013.
Can i wash my chickens with my shampoo
I wouldnt wash them with shampoo just water is fine though!
My chickens have lice and mites so I don't know what to do
Get 3 wash tubs. Put 1 tsp of Dawn dish soap in one with warm water, and just plain warm water in the other two. Scrub them in the first one, especially around the vent area if they have mites. Then put them in one for rinsing and again in the other for rinsing to be sure you get all the soap off. Afterwards dust with Seven dust, that will kill the mites.
I use poultry dust for mites/lice, but I have also used *kitten* shampoo and bathed some that had mites/lice, that killed all of the bugs.
If you do bathe them, you'll need to blow dry them!
Actually, you are only supposed to blow dry frizzles and Silkies. Anything else do not blow dry as that can cause brittle feathers.
Never heard that before... I haven't bathed many, but I have had to blow dry a bunch that fell into water buckets and their feathers were just fine. Personally, I dust and that's what I would recommend. A bird with mites and lice might be anemic and the added stress of bathing and either blow drying or air drying and getting hypothermic is probably not a wise thing to do. Curiously, is there any place on the web that has the proper procedure for washing poultry?
You want to use a mild soap/shampoo, so you don't strip their feathers of oil. We use baby shampoo when we're getting our chooks ready for shows. I'm thinking that regular adult shampoo would be pretty hard on feathers.
Thanku all! Tommorow I will do what u have suggested. Thanku again