best way to make them shine......

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Wendy'sChicksRock, Jun 30, 2011.

  1. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Were getting ready for our first go at showing chickens , next week is the 4-H fair and the kids are super excited to show their chickens. we have washed and fluffed and scrubbed the combs/waddles. They look great, im just wondering if we need to do anything else to give them that winning edge? any tips on making them look their best for the judge?
    we will be showing the following birds.
    2 white silkie hens
    1FBCM
    BLRW splash
    BLRW
    Blue bantam cochin
    Partridge bantam cochin
    I AWESOME looking americauna rooster..wait hes a cockeral still at 20 weeks right?
    RIR
    BR
    Buff Orp

    hollly cow thats a lot....

    HELP

    wendy
     
  2. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    put some vaseline on the legs of the clean legged varieties and put some neosporin on the combs and use horse show shine on their feathers.
     
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  3. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I cant seem to get the very front of the silkie faces/crest really white. I used the quick silver horse shampoo but they still wont come super white. any tips for that.. ill use my show sheen on them too.
     
  4. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wendy'sChicksRock :

    I cant seem to get the very front of the silkie faces/crest really white. I used the quick silver horse shampoo but they still wont come super white. any tips for that.. ill use my show sheen on them too.

    i use whiteing shampoo for dogs​
     
  5. chickendales

    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    u can rub ur reguler feathered birds with nielons like kind a woman wheres
     
  6. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    dont use any of the horse or cattle whitening products....dog is safer. I've turned a few animals blue/purple in my time [​IMG]
     
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    chickendales Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:horse stuff works too but u have add water to it first
     
  8. TK Poultry

    TK Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 25, 2009
    Greencastle, Indiana
    Quote:horse stuff works too but u have add water to it first

    It works I used it on horses..... but its easier to turn them not so white with it.....
     
  9. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Pinks Spray (for afro american hair) has long been a staple for hard feathered birds. Spray them with it, then buff to a shine with a silk cloth. Yes, I said silk. You can also use glycerin in hte final rinse, although for hard feathered birds, I have seen some literally rub it onto their feathers.

    Pinks does not work well for silkies--it rather unfluffs them by weighting their feathers down. You can put a little glycerin in the rinse water, or use a lighter weight shine spray.

    White vinegar is about as good as you can get for removing stains. If you colour the bird as is sometimes done on horses, it is considered faking. Any of the whitening shampoos can turn a white bird purple or blue. Trust me on that one.

    Try to shampoo them a week beforehand, and spot clean as needed from then until the show. Make sure to clean dropping from the shavings frequently, especially on featherfooted birds.

    I'd recommend body or a light weight vegetable oil over vaseline or neosporin or any greasy substance.

    Trim nails and beaks. Take lots of photos and have fun! (Taking an extra chair or two is always a good idea.)
     
  10. Wendy'sChicksRock

    Wendy'sChicksRock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    OH NO.... They do have a light purple hue at the base of the feather in a few spots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! will we be DQ'd????? oh no
     

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