Can i use head & shoulder shampoo to bath chicken


Enthusiasm Enthusiast
Premium Feather Member
Dec 27, 2020
The South
If you're bathing the bird just because, don't. My birds get extremely stressed when I've had to bathe them in the past. Too much washing can also remove all the good coatings from the feathers and degrade them.

If you're washing the bird because it's really dirty, check out this article:

Good luck! The phrase "madder than a wet hen" is around for a reason.


Scarborough Fair
6 Years
Jul 3, 2016
WA, Pac NW
My Coop
My Coop
I thought it would make the bird cleaner, they pick under their feather sometime.

That's normal grooming. Most chickens will never need you to bathe them in their lifetime. Better to offer them an open patch of dirt to roll in, as dust bathing is their preference.

If you ever NEED to bathe a bird, Dawn dish soap would be a better choice, as it's used in oil spill rescues.


Premium Feather Member
13 Years
Jul 10, 2009
North Carolina Sandhills
My Coop
My Coop
I thought it would make the bird cleaner, they pick under their feather sometime.

Birds preen to put their feathers into good order and to distribute the natural oils from the preen gland at the base of their tail.

The Wikipedia Article has a lot of helpful information:


Crossing the Road
Nov 12, 2017
Western Ohio
Generally, no need to wash them. But, if you needed to for a reason then you need low/no scent, AND low sudsing. I have had success with an all natural “dish soap” for baby bottles and it is sold at Walmart. I tested 3-4 types of soaps that were liquid, non scented, and mild. It was important to me that it rinse out easily and quickly. They do not really like baths…however all chickens I have bathed love the hair dryer. Yes, you will need to dry their fluffy undercoat bc they will get too cold if you don’t, as it doesn’t dry very quickly on its own.

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