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Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by jay1995, Feb 2, 2009.

  1. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    How do you bathe your chicken? My chicken is a six weeks old silkie and is dirty. What do I bathe her with I just dont understand it. But she needs a bath. HELP... [​IMG]
     
  2. ArizonaDesertChicks

    ArizonaDesertChicks Eggstactic for Pretty Eggs

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    I never needed to bathe my first batch of chickens, but the new 4-5 week old chicks looked awful - greasy and dirty. I bathed them at about 6 weeks of age with warm water and gentle, non colored shampoo. After wrapping them in a towel for a minute, I then blow dryed them on a low setting till they were almost dry and kept them inside on my lap till they were totally dry. That was two weeks ago and they did fine.

    You need to make sure your chick is kept warm - using warm water and keeping them under warm heat should work. Make sure you move the blow dryer around - you want to keep them warm without burning the chick by keeping it in one place too long. You can also bring out the heat lamp again and let them sit under that after they are almost dry from the dryer.
     
  3. Davaroo

    Davaroo Poultry Crank

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    If you were a little more descriptive in your title, you'd get more responses.
    "How???" is pretty vague, even misleading....
     
  4. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I only needed the one responce so. Thanks, jay1995
     
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  5. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:would dawn soap work?
     
  6. klf73

    klf73 Mad Scientist

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    I would use a tearless baby shampoo. I agree with Davaroo, you should edit your title, I almost didn't click on it [​IMG]
     
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    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Inside, warm bathroom, warm water, baby, bird or dog shampoo. Have towels and a blow dryer ready & waiting. Vinegar and glycerin are helpful.

    Fill a small tub/bucket (about the size of a dishpan) with toasty warm water, add a large splash of vinegar and shampoo. Gently place your bird in the water, which should at most come up to her chest. Make sure you have a firm hold of her and especially that she cannot get her head under water at all. Swish her around to get the soapy water through her feathers. Use your fingers to gently lather her, and to work loose any clumps of dirt or manure. Be careful to not pull feathers. Once she is nicely wet, remove her from the tub and work additional shampoo through her feathers. Be sure to get her crest, vent and feet clean. Swish her through the tub as necessary, and replace the tub with clean water as necessary. Rinse under the faucet like a shower, being sure to keep her beak pointed upwards and out of the water. Once you have most of the shampoo off, refill the tub with clean water and another splash of vinegar plus a splash of glycerin. Swish her through the water until she is shampoo-free. Wrap in a towel. After a few minutes trim her nails and beak if needed.

    Unwrap the towel and begin blow drying--keep your hand between you and her--if your hand gets hot, lower the heat. With most breeds you want to blow in the direction the feathers grow. With silkies you blow in the opposite direction. Work through all her feathers a section at a time, the feathers on the back & under the wings tend to clump together, so gently separate them as you dry. Once she is fairly dry put her in a cage with a heat lamp. As with chicks, offset the heat lamp so she can choose to be warmer or cooler.

    Keep her inside for a good 24 hours after she is completely dry; longer if your weather is cold. While she is inside is a good time to check her droppings & worm as needed.
     
  9. needmorechickens!

    needmorechickens! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:Those are great instructions...i feel like i could give mine a bath now!
    ~Rebecca
     
  10. jay1995

    jay1995 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I gave him a bath and he looks really clean. Hes so cute.
     

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