Giving a chicken a bath?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fowlafoot, Jul 1, 2008.

  1. fowlafoot

    fowlafoot Songster

    Apr 22, 2008

    As you can see my white OEG hen is flithy, she decided to make her nest under an old car... Has anyone ever given a chicken a bath? What do you use? dish soap? shampoo? She needs help.
  2. FisherMOM

    FisherMOM Songster

    May 7, 2008
    Bergen, NY
    funny you mention this. I am no pro, but we just bathed our Cornish X this week... we used dish soap...

    check it out.. some of it is also on Youtube.

    pics here...




    After the bath!!!

  3. goldnchocolate

    goldnchocolate Songster

    May 9, 2008
    If your chicken has oil/grease on it then I would try Dawn Dishwashing Liquid. I've seen commercials showing it being used on birds caught in an oil spill.
  4. prariechiken

    prariechiken Songster

    Feb 9, 2007
    Dish soap is highly caustic... it will rob their feathers of their natural oils and they will fray... I'd try some type of shampoo first, maybe a kind for pets
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2008
  5. chicknhawaii

    chicknhawaii Songster

    May 15, 2008
    Honolulu, HI
    I use dish soap too on our Cornish X but haven't in awhile. LOL I am glad to see another person bathing their Cornish X, I don't feel as crazy! [​IMG]
  6. SpottedCrow

    SpottedCrow Flock Goddess

    I used baby shampoo on Slifer and Obelisk.
  7. Akane

    Akane Crowing

    Jun 15, 2008
    I'd use pet shampoo before baby shampoo. It's actually considered too harsh for small pets and young puppies or kittens so I wouldn't use it on a bird. Haven't tried washing a bird but normally for such situations I use a horse shampoo like rio vista. So far it works well on guinea pigs, baby hamsters, gerbils, sick kittens, and my dog aside from the horses. Much milder than any human shampoo or even most kitten and puppy shampoos.
  8. DLS

    DLS Songster

    I give my hens a bath. In hot grease , just after I batter them.. [​IMG][​IMG]
  9. WrenAli

    WrenAli Songster

    May 4, 2008
    Lebanon, OR
    I would use dawn or ivory. Both are very mild soaps and will help with the grease.
  10. LittleChickenRacingTeam

    LittleChickenRacingTeam On vacation

    Jan 11, 2007
    Ontario, CANADA
    I have to agree with SpottedCrow on the BABY SHAMPOO

    I have used Johnsons, No More Tears baby shampoo for 8 years while showing birds.

    It's hypoallergenic, & does NOT contain alcohol.

    It's PH balanced, which guarantees that it is not HARSH on sensitive skin.

    My Avian Vet & many old timers in the poultry show circuit reccomend it over any Pet Shampoo's or dish detergent.

    Baby shampoo is tested on animals in the first place. It has to be certified SAFE to use on babies.

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