Can I Use Baby Oil To Make My Silkies Shiny?

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Mwing14, Sep 23, 2012.

  1. Mwing14

    Mwing14 Out Of The Brooder

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    Im entering 3 of my chickens in there very first show and today they are getting baths. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that you can use baby oil to make their feathers shiny but icant find the website so now I can't be sure.if anyone can tell me if its okay that'd be great. Thank you!
     
  2. thebanthams

    thebanthams Chillin' With My Peeps

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    No it will pick up dust and make it worst, when showing they like to see their fluff not weighted down feathers. For white or silver chickies, use bluing shampoo, it will be very white and shiny!
     
  3. catwalk

    catwalk Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 19, 2009
    Don't do it. Silkies should be fluffy, not sleek. Wash them a few days ahead of the show so their natural oils can replenish from the skin out. If you add oil on the surface, the feathers will clump and attract dirt. Maybe Silkie breeders use some kind of conditioner, but I don't think oil is a good idea. Good luck at your show!
     
  4. swimmerchick

    swimmerchick Out Of The Brooder

    I've heard its been done with feathers birds, but i wouldn't use it on a silkie. You could use it on the comb and wattle to make them shiny and new looking though. Good luck at the show!
     

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