My Moulting chicken is covered in dirt...

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by bluedawg, Sep 23, 2010.

  1. bluedawg

    bluedawg Chillin' With My Peeps

    Jul 7, 2008
    Croton on Hudson
    My Moulting chicken is covered in dirt... Should I give her a bath? She was always clean before - the dust baths just seam to shake off but since she started moulting it's like she's covered in mud. Is this part of the process? Can I or should I bathe her?
  2. emys

    emys Chillin' With My Peeps

    Nov 19, 2008
    Sounds like she is in hard molt and maybe itchy from growing feathers.

    If you suspect possible mites/lice along with the molt then you should give her a bath with some flea shampoo and clean the coop very well. A bath might let you look for bite marks and bugs.

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