Grooming silkies for show

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  1. PaintedFeathers

    PaintedFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is my step by step of what I do to groom my silkies for a show.


    I use my kitchen sink hose, I also don't fill the sink up, silkies tend to try their hardest to drown themselves [​IMG]

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    Step 1: Wet down your silkie.

    Step 2: I start with a baby shampoo, I like to mix the shampoo with water but still at a good concentration that it suds up nicely. This way it gets better coverage and is easier to work through the feathers. This is your first wash out of two (or 3 if you want).
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    Step 3: Scrub them up nicely, making sure to get all of the soiled areas, ESPECIALLY between the toes and in the foot and bum feathers.
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    Step 4: Rinse the first shampoo, doesn't have to be completely rinsed out just mostly.

    Step 5: Next, use a specific shampoo for your silkies color. This is a good whitening shampoo, especially for lighter birds that aren't completely white since it has no dyes. Works great for white birds when left on for longer.
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    Step 6: Let the shampoo sit for about 5 minutes (with this shampoo on a colored bird you only want to leave it on for no more than 3 minutes or it will wash out their coloring), You can repeat the shampooing process with a strong scented shampoo if desired.

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    Step 7: Rinse out the shampoo as much as possible.

    Step 8: Fill a pitcher with water and add a small amount of white vinegar, I add about 2 tablespoons.

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    Step 9: Pour over your silkie while scrubbing to get it down to the skin, this cuts through any leftover soap. Rinse out the vinegar a little after.

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    Step 10: "wring out" Your silkie and wrap it like a burrito in a towel, but not too tight.

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    Step 11: This is when I file the beak and the toe nails, but if you are new and nervous about it it would be best to do it before the bath in case of any blood. This is her beak before filing. You can clearly see the translucent tip to the beak. This is what you want to remove.

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    Here is a picture after I filed down her beak, you can see where I stopped and how I rounded it off.

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    This is a picture of her nails before filing

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    This is why some may want to do this before the bath, especially on light colored birds. If you don't know how to tell where the quick is it best to do it before you have a clean bird [​IMG] Don't freak out if this happens! It is fine and will normally stop with a little pressure. This is also why I like to file them, it is easier to judge how much to file and even if you get down to the quick it won't bleed a lot.

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    These are her nails after I filed them. This is what you want.

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    Step 12: This is what I use to dry my silkies, a grooming force dryer. It is a great investment! It cuts drying time in half and helps fluff them up. This is low power, which works great because it doesn't blow them away [​IMG]

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    Dry your silkie completely

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    Step 13(optional): I just bought this to use for my silkies, I haven't tried it yet. So we will try it together! I strayed this lightly on her feathers, lifting them up as I sprayed to get it down to the skin. Then re-blowdry.

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    Step 14: After your bird is dry, brush the feathers gently with a slicker brush.

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    This will help remove any waxy feather coverings

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    Step 15: I like to put VetRx on their combs and toes to add a nice shine

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    The finished product, what do you think?


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  2. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    Beautiful job - alot like doing up a show dog, except on them(Cockers) I used a Hindes pin brush, a slicker would break the hairs. They layed on their side and I would line brush each and every hair while using the dryer. Then turn them around to the other side.I love to watch people groom animals.
     
  3. PaintedFeathers

    PaintedFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Yeah I have to use a comb on my persian only or it will cause split ends.
     
  4. Feathersprings

    Feathersprings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I hadnt thought about using a force dryer on the silkies! I have one I use for the dogs... Nice grooming job!
     
  5. Feathersprings

    Feathersprings Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Lots of us dog show people with Silkies lol! I used to show Pekingese and now using my grooming abilities on my Afghan Hound and Standard Poodle. I will have to go through my grooming stuff to see what I can use to "brush" the Slkies out. MY nice Mason Pearson brush I use for myself would probably work best :)
     
  6. Sanna

    Sanna Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is great!

    My favorites are the "burrito" and the "seasoned pro". [​IMG] She looks dead. lol
    Where did you find the dryer?
     
  7. JacquiJ

    JacquiJ Chillin' With My Peeps

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    This is great!!! She takes to baths a lot better than mine.
     
  8. NOLA Chicks

    NOLA Chicks Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Fantastic tutorial! [​IMG] Thank you so much for taking the time to put this together. I can't get over how calm Nori is through the whole process. [​IMG]
     
  9. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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  10. PaintedFeathers

    PaintedFeathers Chillin' With My Peeps

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    She's so good [​IMG] The dryer I got on Petedge.com

    She has always been pretty good, but she hasn't had one for a while so she kept trying to jump out haha!

    Thank you, it was fun. She is the perfect subject!

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    Works great! Thanks!
     

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