Poof washing!

Discussion in 'General breed discussions & FAQ' started by Alycia, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. Alycia

    Alycia Songster

    Mar 16, 2008
    My shows are a little while away yet but I have a little problem. I had a Mottled Houdan hen, the only one in my flock of fancy chickens with a crest and the only Mottled Houdan I have, and instead of having a nice, full poofy crest, she has gotten is all gross and it looks all spikey and dirty! I brought her in and gave her a bath because she was filthy all over. I tried very delicately to wash her little head but even when she was completely dried, it was still gross and the white looks a little brownish still and it's not looking like feathers but like spikes. How do you recommend I clean her crest without irritating her head and her eyes? Is there a certain thing I can use besides just regular old soap to clean it with? What do you recommend?

  2. Sonoran Silkies

    Sonoran Silkies Flock Mistress

    Jan 4, 2009
    Tempe, Arizona
    Dog/cat flea & tick shampoo with an insect growth regulator. Look for northern fowl mites to have made a nest/home in her crest. Gently remove it, and any scabbing.

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