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Shampooing a Stinky Silkie

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by LeeLeesFarm, Jun 14, 2008.

  1. LeeLeesFarm

    LeeLeesFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, I found a wealth of information about shampooing, on the Thread for "Showing" your chickens

    (LINK: https://www.backyardchickens.com/forum/viewtopic.php?id=44232&p=1 )

    however I have a question, and thought I'd start a new Thread for the question:


    Must I use dish liquid or the laundry soaps mentioned in the Thread?

    Couldn't I simply use a mild hair shampoo that my family uses or baby shampoo?

    If not, why?

    I really need to give my 4 mos old Silkie a bath today, as he STINKS and he still lives inside at night ..... peeee-uuuuu


    thanks for any help,
    Lee


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  2. rooster-red

    rooster-red Here comes the Rooster

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    I don't know of any reason not to use baby shampoo, its much milder than dish detergent and won't strip all the oils off the feathers.
     
  3. L&Schickens

    L&Schickens Chillin' With My Peeps

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    When I showed silkies (Way back when) I diluted blueing shampoo (Mine were white and blue). So what ever shampoo you use, I would recoment diluting it with whater. Rince, Rince, and Rince. You don't want an itchy chickie. Then blow dry. Try and get him as dry as you can too, but make sure you don't burn him with the heat of the dryer. Moisture in the feathers and on the skin can cause problems.
    That is what I did. Don't know if it is right or not, but it worked for me. [​IMG]
     
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  4. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    you can use whatever shampoo you want but I still think Ivory and Dawn dish soap are the best.
     
  5. LeeLeesFarm

    LeeLeesFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Well, that was quite an un-eventful experience ....
    I was expecting a lot more trouble and protest.


    I just poured some baby shampoo in the water as the sink was filling, plopped the silkie into the suds, scrubbed his feathers, dropped him into two separate rinse tubs and rubbed again ... voila .... one wet, clean chicken. (Sure hope I got all suds out ... I think so)

    He is happily outside now drying in the warm 88 degree california sun (88 degrees at 10:37 am pst .... yuck! It's gonna get hot).


    The silkie sure looked funny all soaking wet ....
    no, i didn't capture a photo this time...
    but I will next time ... promise.


    Thanks you guys!!!


    Lee


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  6. conny63malies

    conny63malies Overrun With Chickens

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    Couldnt you use that shampoo that they make to wash white puppies/dogs?
     
  7. dlhunicorn

    dlhunicorn Human Encyclopedia

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    use a feed that does not advertise for "deep golden yolks" ... they usually use a marigold extract to achieve this and it will cause yellowing of the (WHITE) feathers that no bluing can remove....avoid yellow corn >the same.
    Sunlight will also cause miscoloration.
     
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  8. tiki244

    tiki244 Flock Mistress

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    now that you got a sparkly clean silkie he/she will probably go find a mud puddle to play in [​IMG]
     

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