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How to clean chickens

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by elkauhane, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. elkauhane

    elkauhane Hatching

    Dec 9, 2008
    Shoreline, WA
    I have purchased a flock of chickens (10) and they are great looking chickens, however where they live now it is very muddy so they are very dirty. Is there a good way to clean them up a little before I put the in thier band newly built new home? I know they will make a mess once I get them, but I woudl like to try and get some of the caked mud off thier feet and bodies. Thoughts????
  2. m00res

    m00res Songster

    Oct 25, 2008
    San Diego
    We adopted 4 birds that were pretty muddy, too. I gave mine a bath in shallow warm water in the tub one at a time. They didn't even try to jump out.

    They seemed to be chilled after so I wrapped them in a towel and used a hair dryer to dry them. My husband grew up on a farm and laughed hysterically. Maybe I'm just a crazy californian, but it did give me an opportunity to inspect them closely for mites. They have kept themselves pretty clean ever since. I'm glad I did it.
  3. andorraclaim

    andorraclaim Songster

    Nov 28, 2008
    East Austin, Texas
    Maybe someone will correct me but I believe all feathered birds have an oil that is released on their feathers over time that cleans. Provide access to a good dry dirt/sand area and they'll give themselves a bath. Most of mine never stay muddy for more than a day, they take care of it when they want/can.
  4. greyfields

    greyfields Crowing

    Mar 15, 2007
    Washington State
    They will clean up fine on their own. But if you must, we wash ours in the kitchen sink with warm water and soap (e.g. Dawn).

    For anyone thinking that is strange, we only do it before putting any in the Fair. :0
  5. elkauhane

    elkauhane Hatching

    Dec 9, 2008
    Shoreline, WA
    Great, thanks to you all who have replied. [​IMG]
  6. rebecca10782

    rebecca10782 Songster

    Apr 24, 2008
    Just throw um in the dishwasher [​IMG]

    (Kidding of course [​IMG] )

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