Is it safe to give 6 week olds a bath?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by brooster, Jun 26, 2007.

  1. brooster

    brooster Songster

    Jun 14, 2007
    northwest Ohio
    Is it safe to give my 6 week olds a bath? it is like 95 degrees and humid and i was wondering if it would be ok. my meat birds really need a bath their butts are really nasty. Also how should i do it?
  2. silkiechicken

    silkiechicken Staff PhD

    Well, personally I think 6 weeks is a bit young to give a bath and it's going to be stressful on them. Your meat birds are probally going to slaughter in two weeks or so anywyas so I wouldn't bother. They will just get all dirty again anyways.

    If you really want to though. I make a warm bath of shampoo in one bin, and then make two warm buckets of rince water. I take the birds to the first bucket for the wash and the last two for the rinces. I do about 4 birds per bucket if they are really dirty, but I only have done adults to pretty them up for trips.

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