Might be a stupid question but...

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Bnemeth, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. Bnemeth

    Bnemeth Out Of The Brooder

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    Do you wash your ducks before a show? If so, do you have to wait a certain amount of time for their oil to build back up before they can go in the water? Thanks [​IMG]
     
  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

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    Most people I know that show ducks take them to the show in a rubbermaid container with air holes cut out near the top, the lid on and about half filled with water.
     
  3. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    I don't show my ducks, but I would probably only wash them with warm water and maybe just a few drops of baby shampoo under the tail. That way you won't wash off the natural oils much.
     
  4. ChickenHeaven

    ChickenHeaven New Egg

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    I dont know about ducks because i do chickens but i do know for chickens you have to wait around 1or so days hope i helped![​IMG]
     
  5. SunnyCalifornia

    SunnyCalifornia Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I was told 3 days to re-oil for chickens. So I washed my birds Monday for a show on Thursday, I'm sure I'll have to re-do their feet tomorrow. I would think that ducks would be similar as far as re-oiling themselves. The water containers mentioned probably help keep them clean in transport.

    I'll tell you though, that after the show, my birds CAN'T WAIT to roll in the dirt!! I don't think they like being clean. [​IMG]

    They just don't know how pretty they look.....
     
  6. fowlman01

    fowlman01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Ducks will clean themselves. Put them in the shower or a bathtub for about 15 minutes with just enough water to splash around in. Don't use any kind of soap.

    Walt
     
  7. greenegglover

    greenegglover Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I know the 4-H requires birds to be washed in Dawn dish soap, just check with event holder to find out rules and requirements!
     
  8. fowlman01

    fowlman01 Overrun With Chickens

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    Quote:There is no such requirement here in CA. 4H just wants to see a clean bird, but it is not a good idea to wash ducks or any other kind of waterfowl. I have shown waterfowl for over 40 years with a great deal of success and have never washed a duck with soap. I wash some chickens (white ones) with soap, but washing ducks removes the oil from the feathers and they can't go back to a pond until that is replaced in a few weeks.

    Walt
     

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