Do chickens like a bath?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bills, Jun 15, 2008.

  1. bills

    bills Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    vancouver island
    So will chickens actually bath in a shallow container of water, like wild birds do in a bird bath??

    I know when I had a budgie, he loved it when I put a bowl of water in his cage. He would get completely soaked, but seemed very happy.

    I always wondered if chickens would like it. Perhaps a large dishpan with only an inch of water? Surely they couldn't drown in such shallow water.

    Anyone try it before??
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    I sprinkled my chicks with the garden hose in their run this evening and they seemed to enjoy it. It got up to 113 today and the water was nice and cool.
  3. chickensforever

    chickensforever In the Brooder

    Jan 16, 2007
    Bellevue, WA
    I had to give one of my hens a bath once to soak her bum enough to get some caked poop off. Long story short, she didn't like it. They love dust baths though, and as long as they have access to loose dirt, they will use it to get parasites out of their feathers, you can also add sand to help with this.
  4. S0rcy

    S0rcy Songster

    Tried it. The only thing my chickens did was drink from it. Then they went to wallow in the shade of the oak tree! Same thing with Henrietta, my new 3 year old. Went directly to the wallow and dug in for five minutes then flapped around, really getting that dust in, and spent forever preening.

    I have to assume that water bathing is not their style [​IMG]
  5. ibpboo

    ibpboo Where Chickens Ride Horses

    Jul 9, 2007
    always changing
    They rather take a dirt bath, I haven't seen any of mine ever bath in water on their own.
  6. bills

    bills Songster

    Jan 4, 2008
    vancouver island
    Wow, three posts all at exactly 9.21PM. Is there a conspiracy...[​IMG]

    So the consensus is, that they like to play under the sprinkler, but they don't like baths. Sounds like my Grandkids...[​IMG]
  7. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    I'm having a hard time seeing that. Chickens aren't "bathers," AFAIK.

    Oh they can be bathed, and many people do so prior to taking them to a show.

    But do they enjoy it,"Take me away Calgon," enjoyment? I'd say no.

    Now, someone will come out and say theirs DO....
  8. Chickenaddict

    Chickenaddict Songster

    May 19, 2008
    East Bethel MN
    LOL elderoo your right! My black cochin bantam hen LOVES baths, she likes them sooo much she falls asleep in the tub while im washing her. I have to make sure to keep a finger under her neck so she doesnt dunk her head in the water. I tried it with her the first time because she had a really nasty butt and it needed to be soaked for quite awhile in warm water. I haven't however tried it on any other chicken yet but im seriously thinking about it. You just have to make sure they stay nice and warm while they dry off.I put her in a cage in the bathroom with the door closed and a space heater on for a few hours then left her in the house overnight just to be sure she didnt get chilled. I also put out galvanized steel dishes in the yard full of water to either drink from or to dip their feet in when it gets tooo warm for them outside, mostly they just drink from it but the clean legged roosters love to stand in the water. Every chickens different so i suppose some might like a nice warm bath and some may not.
  9. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

    Feb 4, 2007
    Leesville, SC
    It takes all kinds, even chickens.
  10. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

    Apr 20, 2007
    Ontario, Canada
    Yeah, when I was giving the late Matilda warm 'sitz baths' last fall when she was eggbound, she seemed to REALLY enjoy it. She'd fold up her legs so she was sort of half-floating in the warm water, and lay her head on my hand and fall mostly asleep. I think it felt really nice.

    OTOH that is a far cry from the cold shallow splashy 'birdbath' type bath that the original poster was asking about [​IMG]


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