How to clean a dirty chicken?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by NumbleNuggets, Sep 18, 2010.

  1. NumbleNuggets

    NumbleNuggets Out Of The Brooder

    Jan 6, 2009
    Citrus Heights, CA
    I have two beautiful bantams who free-range in my backyard. This year they found my tomato plants and started jumping up to peck tomatoes, which burst all over their faces and created very dirty little chickens over time. A side-effect is that it looks like dried blood, which is disconcerting in and of itself. I cannot find anything that tells me how to safely clean a chicken; anybody have any ideas? Thanks!
  2. Judy

    Judy Chicken Obsessed Staff Member Premium Member

    Feb 5, 2009
    South Georgia
    Since it's near the eyes, I would dab them with a washrag and clear water only, to try to soak off what I could. I would not worry about getting every speck.

    Or I might just leave them alone and let time take care of it.

    I usually pick tomatoes when they get their first blush of pink or red as it reduces the bug damage, and let them ripen on the counter.
  3. ChickensAreSweet

    ChickensAreSweet Heavenly Grains for Hens

  4. LuvMyPeeps7

    LuvMyPeeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 22, 2010
    Quote:My mom used to use buttermilk on hers, especially if they are white!
  5. Boo-Boo's Mama

    Boo-Boo's Mama Chillin' With My Peeps

    I have two white EE' should see their beards and muffs after eating watermelon. Gee Whizz! [​IMG]

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