Can I bathe a new mother hen?

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by csalt, Feb 24, 2011.

  1. csalt

    csalt Out Of The Brooder

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    Five little chicks hatched this morning and I'd like to wash the mother hen because she's been pooing all over herself for 3 weeks now. I can't imagine it would be good for the babies to be under all that nasty mess. So is it okay to take her away and give her a bath if I make sure she's good and dry when I put her back with the babies?
     
  2. Lund Poultry

    Lund Poultry Chillin' With My Peeps

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    most definately! we use baby shampoo or ivory original. nice warm water and a good rinse. I would pull the whole nest area out as well and replace.
     
  3. csalt

    csalt Out Of The Brooder

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    Oh thank you! I'm going to do it right away.
     
  4. bock

    bock Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Be sure to keep the chicks warm while she's gone!
     

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