HI, so, i have my first duck show on the 27th of April! thats not very far away! i have to take them into the show on the 26th though... my biggest problem is that i don't know how to really wash a duck for show... sure, i've washed my hens (isa browns) before, but never the ducks (the ducks belong to my school)... so, my first basic question is: how should i be washing my ducks? if you could please explain, or even just link me to another site/video, that would be great. secondly, what should i be washing them with?? i have 2 pure white muscovys and 2 pure white Pekins. should i be using a basic shampoo and conditioner that i would use on myself, or should i be using a specilised duck/chicken/poultry wash?? also, is there anything i should use to enhance the whiteness of the feathers (without making them another colour! - that happened to our broilers last year - some turned purple!). also, with the red bits on the Muscovy's faces, and the legs, beaks of all ducks, what should i use to enhance the colors and make them shiny?? i've been told Olive oil?? thirdly, how long before the show should i be washing them?? i've been told just the day before, but i've also been told weeks, or several days before... i'm on a tight schedule - school returns next tuesday, then wednesday is a public holiday and thursday afternoon i take them in... i can go to school on monday if that's better?? is there any type of preparation i should be doing with the ducks leading up to the show?? i'm entering the Muscovy's in the Muscovy female class, and a Pekin duck and drake in the Junior exhibitors... should i be getting them used to small pens, or sitting still or anything?? any other tips, or suggestions would be REALLY appreciated... whilst i'd LOVE nothing more than to take out a ribbon (blue if possible!), i understand that it may not happen - especially because these ducks (to my knowledge) weren't bred for showing, but as pet ducks, and learning ducks for Agriculture classes, but i wanted to try and enter them, because i wanted to enter my local show - i do junior paraders in the beef cattle, but i have no chance to win because of my experience level. also because our agriculture at school is limited to one year 10 class - mine! so i want to enter them, hopefully get a ribbon, and boost ag!