How to best clean a dirty chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Dawnclucks22, Apr 17, 2018.

  1. I have an EE hen who is currently in treatment for leg mites. Because of this, she has been dust bathing and preening a lot, and with now the dirt is piling up on her breast feathers like crazy! While I was soaking her legs in some warm water I attempted to dampen these feathers and see if I could get any out, but to no avail. Unfortunately, she's a cream-colored EE, a bit of buff color here and there, so it's quite obvious. Could someone give me advice on how to best clean a dirty chicken?
  2. 3riverschick

    3riverschick Poultry Lit Chaser

    May 19, 2009
    Give her a bath. All you need is some gentle soap, 3 plastic 5 gallon buckets, some towels and your hair dryer.
    Bathing instructions in many places on byc. Just search for : how to bath a chicken.
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  3. aggiemae

    aggiemae Songster

    Mar 18, 2012
    Salem Oregon
    I bath my chickens with dawn. They like to be blow dried! I also oil their featherless parts with vit E oil. How are you treating the leg mites?
  4. I’ve been putting Vaseline jelly on her legs every day and occasionally bathing them with warm soapy water and then applying the jelly again.
  5. aart

    aart Chicken Juggler!

    Nov 27, 2012
    SW Michigan
    My Coop
    I wouldn't bother washing her until you're done treating the leg mites,
    the vaseline is probably transferring to her feathers and will continue to do so.
  6. aggiemae

    aggiemae Songster

    Mar 18, 2012
    Salem Oregon
    Unless you have visible mites try using a lighter oil, it will actually get into the scales better. However of all the thicker Vaseline type choices, I recommend tiger balm. It's something everyone should consider keeping in their animal first aid kit.

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