How to clean silkies and keep them from getting muddy

Discussion in 'Raising Baby Chicks' started by countrygirl911, Jan 18, 2012.

  1. countrygirl911

    countrygirl911 Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    Lately it haa been raining almost every day and . Also they refu se to use their roost bars and when it rains and thw wnow my silkies are very muddy and nasty how do I keep them from getting muddy also how do I bath them and with what soap

  2. countrygirl911

    countrygirl911 Songster

    Jun 17, 2010
    Also they refuse to use their roost bars and when they are out in run they will not go in when it rains
  3. sheilawagner

    sheilawagner Songster

    Jul 16, 2010
    Pacific NorthWest
    You can bathe the silkies in your sink or bath tub like you bathe a cat or dog. You can use baby shampoo or use mild dog shampoos, but make sure you set your hair dryer on low heat as you dry them off. Use a towel first and then hand dry them with the dryer till almost all dry, making sure under the wings are dry too.

    Leave the bird in a dog crate in your house to dry completely, before letting it outside, or it will not do well in this winter cold.
  4. rhinomd

    rhinomd In the Brooder

    Jun 11, 2011
    I use kids Suave the coconut smelling kind for kids to bath them. Also put Wheat straw or white sand down in the run. This has helped mine from being so dirty.

  5. chicken farmer 1997

    chicken farmer 1997 Songster

    Jun 26, 2011
    lewis county ky
    but pine shaving down
  6. jenlynn4

    jenlynn4 Songster

    Jan 12, 2007
    silkies seem to want to get dirty! LOL They also do not like to roost that much. I had some roosts low and a wee bit higher and no one used them so I took them out. They prefer to stay on the ground with a nice thick layer of pine shaveings. I have heard you can use sand in your runs but never tried it myself. I just let them get dirty. If I absolutely need them clean and fluffy (say for pictures ect..) I will bring them in and bathe them with any mild soap. baby shampoo works well or watered down dog shampoo. The one for white dogs that has a blue tint to it works super on your white birds. If you figure out how to keep them clean let me know! LOL I think the only true way is to keep them up on wire and I would not do that to my birds.

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