chicken cleanliness

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ipie68, Oct 30, 2011.

  1. ipie68

    ipie68 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    do chickens need baths
     
  2. mstricer

    mstricer Overrun With Chickens

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    I would assume only if you are showing. You can offer a dusting area, that should do it.
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  3. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    They will take dust/dirt baths if they have access to the ground.

    I have never water bathed a chicken, but some people do. If they get into something or show chickens.

    Imp
     
  4. Aria

    Aria Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We keep our BARN clean. We have a pooper scooper we use daily.

    I understand some (showing) do bathe their show birds. Aria
     
  5. simplynewt

    simplynewt Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do they react to water being sprayed on them? We havent had any rain to speak of in months and I was just wondering.
     
  6. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I had to bath one of mine. She had a big lump of poop stuck fast to the down below her vent. It wasn't coming off with a washcloth so I had to soak the whole chicken.
     
  7. foxypoproxy

    foxypoproxy Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only bath mine if they are really dirty and are stuck with mud or/and poop in places that won't easily come off by itself.
    Some breeds get dirtier then others.
    For example, my polishes crest can get dirty very easy and he can't clean it himself.
    Japanese also get kinda dirty because there legs/feet are so close to the ground they sometimes drag their wings in muck (but i imagine this is something they could preen off themselves if needed).

    For hygiene in general, chickens take dust baths which help rid and prevent lice and mites.

    So in general, chickens don't normally need baths.
    But special circumstances can occur when they do.
     
  8. Imp

    Imp All things share the same breath- Chief Seattle

    Quote:Rain, no problem; but a hose or squirt gun is a major evil force in chicken minds.

    Imp
     
  9. Ksane

    Ksane Overrun With Chickens

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    I bathe mine a lot and I don't show. They relax and practically fall asleep in the bathtub. I also bathe all new chickens when I get them before they go into quarantine. I just like bathing animals, I guess lol My husband laughed at me years ago for giving the baby bottle calf a bath-but he was dirty [​IMG]
     
  10. featherfriendlyinIowa52

    featherfriendlyinIowa52 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We could bath our birds in saltwater...start the brining process early! [​IMG]
     

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