We need your amazing chicken photos for our 2020 Calendar! Submit your pics HERE!

Muddy chooks!

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by chloeonz, Aug 5, 2019.

Tags:
  1. chloeonz

    chloeonz Chirping

    44
    82
    80
    Feb 12, 2019
    New Zealand
    12FB6B00-289A-4B95-9355-1A8018FE14CA.jpeg Hi, our new pullets- mostly this one in photo - are muddy (dry) due to coming from a farm that was terrential rain while they were being caught. They are dry under cover but the mud hasn’t come off.
    I don’t want to wash them as they are new and don’t want them to be afraid of me.
    Is there anything i can do - they aren’t out in the rain - maybe this is a natural option - but won’t happen until they have intergrated with existing flock, so not for another week.
    Is this the best option?
     
  2. Wyorp Rock

    Wyorp Rock Enabler

    24,153
    28,042
    1,102
    Sep 20, 2015
    Southern N.C. Mountains
    If they are dry, then they will be fine. The dirt will fall off or they may take a dust bath since they have a drier place to stay.
     
  3. chloeonz

    chloeonz Chirping

    44
    82
    80
    Feb 12, 2019
    New Zealand
    Ok thank you!!
     
    Wyorp Rock likes this.
  4. Ridgerunner

    Ridgerunner Free Ranging

    23,379
    9,964
    667
    Feb 2, 2009
    Southeast Louisiana
    Your chickens will not hate you if you give them a bath, wildlife rescuers use a dish washing liquid like Dawn, if you have that in New Zealand. I suspect you do but any brand should work. But I agree with Wyorp, it is not necessary. I don't know how cold it is where you are but I would not want to give them a chill.

    Dried dirt will not hurt them. Eventually it will come off. Rain would be a natural cleaner. They may just fluff up their feathers and shake if it bothers them, sending up a cloud of dust. If they have access to dry dirt, they may take a dust bath. Sounds strange, using dirt as in dust to remove dirt. This is one I think you are probably better off not trying to fix a problem that really isn't a problem.
     
  5. Acre4Me

    Acre4Me Crowing

    2,414
    4,530
    387
    Nov 12, 2017
    Western Ohio
    Let it come off naturally - that is the easiest.

    But, if you think a bath would help them, the chickens won't hate you, and interestingly enough, all the chickens I have bathed have all enjoyed the hair dryer, stood still and made contented noises while being dried. Can't say any chicken loves to get wet, but they tolerate it ok. For soap, we have used a very mild dish soap, and done our best to avoid the eyes.
     
  6. chloeonz

    chloeonz Chirping

    44
    82
    80
    Feb 12, 2019
    New Zealand
    Thank you! Yes it rained yesterday and they are all looking lovely today. Thank you for replying! You are right ;)
     
    Wyorp Rock likes this.

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by: