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rub-a-dub-dub, chicken in a tub?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by alaskachick, Mar 31, 2011.

  1. alaskachick

    alaskachick Songster

    Jun 13, 2010
    Wasilla, Alaska
    First of all my chickens do not like to be handled by humans. I have Light Brahmas and White Leghorns who are basically grey now cuz they are so dirty from the winter and now mud. I am wondering how to give them a bath. Do they like to get in a tub of water? or do chickens hate water?

  2. BooBear

    BooBear Chicken Cuddler

    Oct 7, 2010
    Conroe, Texas

    folks wash them for shows. It probably depends on the individual chickie and what she is willing to put up with. Some like being bathed whereas others hate it.

    There are other threads of folks washing and blow drying their dirty birds. The chickies clean up so nice too.
  3. mistymeadowchicks

    mistymeadowchicks Chirping

    Nov 19, 2010
    I gave my hens (white Amberlinks) a bath & blow dry after a really rough day when the neighbor's dog came to visit. I used the utility sink w/ comfortably warmer water & they didn't seem to mind at all. They loved the blow dryer afterwards--stood there & chatted softly while turning their heads side to side. My gang will probably get another bath when this spring rainy season ends--they've got red clay highlights right now. Your chickens will probably really enjoy it & they'll be fine--just make sure they're completely dry before they go back out if its cold or windy.
  4. AnimalCrazed

    AnimalCrazed Songster

    May 1, 2011
    I looked it up once and this is what i found... (p.s. this is the information i found not my actual words or experiance)

    Things You'll Need:
    Three buckets or deep dish pans
    Warm water
    Mild soap, mild laundry detergent, or animal shampoo
    Vinegar (white)
    Plenty of old towels
    Fill each bucket with warm water deep enough to cover the chicken' s body, but not its head.
    Put a small amount of soap or shampoo in the first bucket, and approximately one-half cup of vinegar in the third bucket. The second bucket should contain just plain water.
    Wash Cycle
    Place the chicken in the first bucket with the soapy water. Gently slosh it up and down to loosen the dirt, pulling it off with your hands if necessary. You can also scrub the feet with a rag or small brush.
    Rinse Cycle
    Place the chicken in the plain rinse water and repeat the sloshing motion to remove the suds. Change the rinse water if it becomes too soapy or dirty.
    Final Rinse
    Place the chicken in the bucket with the vinegar. This will remove the soapy residue and make the feathers shine.
    Wrap the chicken in a towel to dry it. You may need to use several towels. Keep the chicken on dry shavings or straw until it is completely dry. Dust and dirt will stick to wet feathers.

    Tips & Warnings
    Chickens don't particularly like baths, so you may need a helper to keep it from jumping out of the water.
    Consider wearing long sleeves or protective cuffs; wet, angry chickens can scratch your arms.
    Don't let the chicken' s head go underwater.
    Never give a chicken a bath on a cold or chilly day.

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