Bathing my chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by motherhenfran, Sep 24, 2014.

  1. motherhenfran

    motherhenfran In the Brooder

    Jul 25, 2014
    I'm not sure if this is in the right spot (still trying to navigate my way around BC :) ) but My girls are getting filty! Mostly around their faces/heads/combs from eating fruity treats (mostly watermelon to beat the heat) and having the juice from the fruit leave them sticky and then literally caked in dirt. They take dust/mud baths multiple times a day. They do not smell but they feel sticky from the watermelon juice and then get dust/mud on them that leaves them dirty. Their combs and wattles are caked with mud as well. They don't seem to mind and only get irritated when I try to "spot clean" their little faces.

    What do you guys do when your little chickadees get their faces dirty? Should I just leave it or clean it off? I don't want it to become crazy matted/filty and lead to other potential issues like flies/obscured vision from too much mud/not being able to see injuries bc they're covered in dirt/etc

    Thanks BC community!!
  2. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    Go ahead and clean it off with a wet rag.....then don't give them anymore watermelon (the sugar really isn't good for them) or just give them the rinds, I freeze/refrigerate them first if it's for cooling them off.
  3. chickenlover09

    chickenlover09 Chirping

    Jul 17, 2014
    I've never really had this problem yet. I would imagine if you just take a hose and hose down your chickens, they'd be scared to death so I wouldn't do that. Mabe you can just pick them up and secure them in your arms, ask a friend to hold an apple in front of them or another treat, and take a soaking paper towel and wipe their face.

    After reading your question I never thought about, i'm really interested!

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