Giving Chickens Baths.. How? and How often?

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rileysixchix, Nov 25, 2011.

  1. Rileysixchix

    Rileysixchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Ive seen and read many stories on BYC forum and also in my book about raising chickens that giving the chickens a bath isn't a bad idea. What does Bathing a chicken do? How do you do it? Is it necessary and how often? Thanks! any information is appreciated [​IMG]

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    AS you can tell there are some unwanted spots on my white ones!
     
  2. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    You do not have to bath a chicken. I am going to go on a limb and say most people do not.



    Except those people. (You know I am talking about YOU! [​IMG])
     
  3. Rileysixchix

    Rileysixchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    HAHA ok good. because i wasnt planning on bathing all my chickens... i mean.. its a chicken, BUT I do love mine [​IMG]
     
  4. clairabean

    clairabean Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 7, 2010
    Kootenays of BC!
    What kind are those browny ones in your pic? They are beautiful! (And I am horrible with breed names.)
     
  5. gryeyes

    gryeyes Covered in Pet Hair & Feathers

    The ONLY bathing of chickens I've done in two years of having them is to wash pasty butts when chicks suffered from that condition.

    I could see bathing silkies if they got all muddy or pooped upon because they slept underneath the roosting, feathered chickens. But I don't have silkies - my friends do. And they've bathed their silkies under those circumstances.
     
  6. Rileysixchix

    Rileysixchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Thank You so Much! [​IMG] They were all sold to me as ameraucanas, but through further learning, they are considered Easter eggers, because they are not one solid color. (Thank you BYC users) But i love how they look and are wonderful, smart, funny, Beautiful birds who make my day everyday!

    Which breeds do you have! I would love to see a pic!
     
    Last edited: Nov 25, 2011
  7. Rileysixchix

    Rileysixchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Oh! i understand that! Thank you! I was lucky and none of mine had pasty butts as chicks [​IMG]. And that is how my white ameraucana got the discolored patch on her back(and it always seems to be her LOL) by getting pooped on by the others .

    Thank you for your reply! [​IMG]
     
  8. Rileysixchix

    Rileysixchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:Heres some more Pics of them!

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  9. nurse_turtle

    nurse_turtle Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have washed a couple chickens before when they were absolutely disgustingly filthy or for a sickly bird that has to come in the house for some reason. Then, I just ran a couple inches of warm water mixed with baby shampoo and basically rinsed her with the soapy water, rinse and repeat...LOL. And don't forget the hair dryer, they LOVE that.[​IMG]
     
  10. Rileysixchix

    Rileysixchix Chillin' With My Peeps

    Quote:do they really love the hair dryer?! how funny!! [​IMG]
    Thank you for your info!
     

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