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Silly question...does anyone let their Chickens swim like Ducks?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by Arctichicken, Aug 21, 2008.

  1. Arctichicken

    Arctichicken Songster

    May 6, 2008
    Tasmania, Australia
    I was wondering will chickens get in water and play like ducks do. I only ask cause my chicks are covering everything in a white downy powder. We had a cockatoo that did that too and we would spray him down with a spray bottle which he loved, he would say "shower time, shower time".

    Just curious, maybe I could just spray them down with a mist and that might help! hummmm [​IMG]
  2. seismic wonder2

    seismic wonder2 I got mad ninja skills

    Feb 3, 2007
    san diego ca

    Giving them a bath is OK but they soak up water and sink
    and drown if they can't stand up in the "pool"
  3. max13077

    max13077 Songster

    I'd swear I read or saw somebody on here letting their chickens play in one of those round kiddie pools.
  4. Chickens dont have webbing so they cannot propel themselves through the water efficiently, so the sink!

    I do sometimes let them wade around in an inch or two of water in a shallow pan when its hot however.

    Chickens loose a lot of heat through their feet, so letting them wade around in a little water really helps them cool off.
  5. Chirpy

    Chirpy Balderdash

    May 24, 2007
    Also, getting a chicken wet can potentiall lead to sickness. They need to be dried quickly if they are young and have a place to get dry and totally out of any wind/weather if they are older.
  6. oandrea

    oandrea In the Brooder

    Apr 24, 2008
    DFW, Texas
    Funny you asked this because one of my chickens ended up in our pool yesterday and she was floating. I don't think she would have floated much longer but she was traumatized when we got her out and her feathers were REALLY wet. But she did float for a short time.
  7. ChooksinIowa

    ChooksinIowa Songster

    Aug 14, 2008
    Van Meter, Iowa
    Some people use kiddie pools as brooders - I've seen photos of that. But not with water in them! Maybe that is what people are remembering as far as reading about chickens in pools...
  8. Chickenfiend

    Chickenfiend In the Brooder

    Aug 16, 2008
    Bellville OH
    It wouldn't surprise me if the chickens wouldn't mind some water on a hot day. Most birds do. The judge at a poultry show recently said if you were going to bathe a chicken you need warm water and it should be at least 70 degrees outside to let them air dry.[​IMG]
  9. Quote:Most certainly! And agreed!

    Some people put sprinklers out for their birds also.
  10. beckyloveschicks

    beckyloveschicks In the Brooder

    Jul 9, 2008
    I have a small kiddie pool out in the yard for the ducks and when I'm refilling it, I always let it run over quite a bit so there's lots of water on the ground. The chickens love it. They walk around in it, peck at it, drink it up, but they don't swim.

    But when I turn that hose on, they come running! They love that cold water.

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