Feelin' blue. Bath time?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by RedIII, Dec 24, 2011.

  1. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    So, I gotta say right up front, I miss my birdies [​IMG] My flock consists of one rooster and three hens right now, two of which are very new. I'm just starting to get to know their personalities. They live in my boyfriend's nice big yard.......and because of how busy things have been lately, I rarely get to go see them (they're a ways away) I just want to go and watch them pick around the yard and interact. Boo [​IMG] Yes I'm sorry, this part is a bit of a "pity me" post.

    Okay, now I have a question: What kind of soap is okay to use to wash chickens, if any? Would pet shampoo or regular shampoo work okay? Maybe something like just warm water? My two new girls came from a home where they were in a very crowded pen, and they're little grimeballs right now, particularly Mimi, my BR pullet. She's pretty good about letting me handle her, so I wanted to see if I can give her a nice bath the next time I see them and get her cleaned up. Muddy chickens I am fine with. Greasy......not so much. Also, any tips on how to hold on to her to help keep her calm while I'm washing her?
     
  2. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Baby shampoo. Don't overly wash or you may remove the natural oils that protect the feathers and skin.
     
  3. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    Or Dawn dish soap - they use it for cleaning oil off waterfowl. Just use a dab in warm water. You may be surprised at their reaction once they are in warm water.... many chickens LOVE it.
     
  4. RedIII

    RedIII Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Oh awesome. Thank you both!
     

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