Should I Bathe My Chickens?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by ShadowsFIAL, Sep 9, 2014.

  1. ShadowsFIAL

    ShadowsFIAL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have 8 hens, and three of them have feathered feet. Of course I know chickens are dirty little girls who like to roll in the dirt, but would it be benificial to them to wash them once or twice a year? I was thinking of bathing them in a tea tree shampoo, since it is a natural insect repelant, even though I am not having problems with mites or lice. Would it be a good precaution for them in spring in summer just to keep them feeling good? Would like anyones advice on this! =)
     
  2. CityFarmer202

    CityFarmer202 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I don't see a need to bathe my clean legged chickens, but my two cochins get really gross because of how feathered they are. I give them a bath whenever poop starts getting stuck in there leg feathers. No one wants to have that! :p one of them for some reason gets much grosser than the other one. What she does i know not, but even her head gets poop on it [​IMG]
     
  3. ShadowsFIAL

    ShadowsFIAL Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Wow, that is a dirty chicken haha! Mine haven't gotten that bad yet, and I hope they don't. The only one I have a problem with is my araucana. It got the the point I was advised to pluck some of the feathers around her vent to try and help decrease the problem.
     
  4. CityFarmer202

    CityFarmer202 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    hum....i've never plucked any feathers. :) yes, she is a mess LOL
     

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