Dirty Turkeys is it safe to give them a bath?

Discussion in 'Turkeys' started by jaseg, Jun 5, 2007.

  1. jaseg

    jaseg Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi all, I was burning some old leftover wood from building the Turkey barn, and the turkeys (free range) got into the ashes the next day. What a mess, they look like pigeons rather than young turkeys. I felt so bad about not dumping the ashes first thing in the morning, chores children and all... Does anyone know if it would be safe to put them in a warm bucket and wash the ashes off their feathers?


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    Ash covered Turkeys!
     
  2. Alleyoops25

    Alleyoops25 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see why you can't people who show poultry will give them bathes. and yesterday my 4-Hers how were doing poultry projects came out and practiced this with my chickens. Any way what you do is get three tubs of warm water. put soap in the first one. after you get this part do put you bird in the 1st one. You will want to hold his wings until they calm down or you will be just as wet. YOu also going to make sure that their heads stay above water:p. ( the kids had a hard time remebering that. ) wash them gently, going the same directions as their feathers lay. After you get all of the ash off put them in the 2nd tub of water and work out most of the soap in this one, after they get a good rinse in this one then you move them into the 3rd tub and then here you simply give them qa goood and final rinse, that way you know you got all the soap off. towel dry by pushing the water off of them pushing the water from front to back going the same way the feathers do. If you really want to shine them up put a little vasiline on the beaks, and legs, feet, and maybe even their heads. then put them in a clean and draft free place and your done.
     
  3. birdlover

    birdlover Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jan 11, 2007
    Northern Va.
    Hi! I answered you on your other thread about them. They do, indeed, look gray but I'd leave them be. They'll eventually whiten up again. JMHO

    Ellen
     
  4. jaseg

    jaseg Out Of The Brooder

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    Hi Ellen, Yeah i just read that! Oh well, now you can see them! LOL![​IMG] Thanks again for the responses.
     
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  5. R Knauber

    R Knauber New Egg

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    Birds like to dust bath in wood ashes. It is an old time farmer trick to give poultry ashes to roll in. Ashes are a natural bug preventer, kills off the fleas, ticks and mites the bird may be harboring. I even have a beagle that is very prone to fleas and he LOVES to roll in ashes. It is supposed to be soothing to their skin. I dump ashes in the bird runs often, the chickens, turkeys and guineas love to bath in them.

    Richard in TN
     
  6. jaseg

    jaseg Out Of The Brooder

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    Wow I did not know that, I may let them have a good roll in the ashes every once and a while!

    Thanks for your response!
     

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