my polish is turning beige

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  1. Epent12

    Epent12 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have a pair of white polish chickens They're 3 months old, their crest is turning beige 'cause they dip their head when they drink, should I bathe them? The one that sold me the chickens told me not to bathe them 'cause they'll die. I dunno if its safe if I bathe them, I need help
     
  2. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Yes, it is safe to bathe a chicken. However you might want to wait until it is warmer outside in case they still might be damp and taking them outside would cause them the chill. If you do bathe them this time of year, make sure they are really really dry before taking them back out. You could always just wash the head feathers to clean them up a bit. You can use a blow drier on them.

    Good luck and enjoy BYC!
     
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  3. chooks4life

    chooks4life Overrun With Chickens

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    Bit odd that they submerge their heads when they drink. Have you considered putting a mesh grille or similar across their water so they can only dip their beaks in rather than their heads? If you're worried about bathing them harming them in cold weather (which is a good possibility) then you should also be concerned about them soaking their heads and ears. Their sinuses could get infected.

    Best wishes.
     
  4. 1muttsfan

    1muttsfan Overrun With Chickens

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    Hi and welcome to BYC from northern Michigan [​IMG]

    Bathing chickens is safe as long as they are completely dried off - many enjoy a blow dryer.
     
  5. Kelsie2290

    Kelsie2290 True BYC Addict Premium Member

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    Hello :frow and Welcome To BYC! A lot of people with polish or other big crested breeds trim the crests back around the face so the birds can see better and to keep them dry.
     
  6. BantamFan4Life

    BantamFan4Life LOOK WHAT YOU MADE ME DO. Premium Member

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  7. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Welcome to BYC.
     
  8. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    If you don't plan on showing the birds, you can carefully cut back the crest, or beard if they have one - so they don't get soaked- . If they will drink from a nipple water system that would keep them dry also
     
  9. gander007

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