Some of my hens are very muddy, should I bathe them before a freeze?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by LA~Poulet, Jan 2, 2010.

  1. LA~Poulet

    LA~Poulet Songster

    Apr 27, 2009
    near Lake Charles, LA
    Please pardon my ignorance... our temperature normally only dips below freezing once or twice a year, and oddly enough, it will be freezing for 4-5 nights in a row this week.

    We have had awfully wet weather for a couple weeks; the entire yard is like a big muddy sponge, and several of my hens are really muddy (I think from the roosters forcing them down into the mud?) So much so that in places their feathers really are caked and I don't think they are well insulated for the cold to come.

    So my question (and I'm serious, I don't want to lose a hen b/c her feathers couldn't insulate, please don't laugh!) is if I should take the muddy ones inside tomorrow and bathe them to get the worst of the mud off. Our high tomorrow will be in the low 50's, and then it will drop to freezing tomorrow night.

    I'm hoping the mud shouldn't bother them but I don't want to leave them to freeze if it will.

  2. Tala

    Tala Flock Mistress

    Mine take "mud baths" and I hear ya about all this rain! Anyway, even the white Leghorns manage to preen the mud off of their feathers by night.

    Are they getting clean and then dirty again the next day? Do your birds just not clean themselves??
  3. Cindiloohoo

    Cindiloohoo Quiet as a Church Mouse

    Dec 19, 2009
    Southwest TN
    I would be careful to make sure they are dried thouroughly and cooled down a bit before turning them back outside. blow dryers get hot, and the transition would have to be slow. Well, that's my opinion [​IMG]

    ETA: Lake Charles is a beatiful place! Well, not when ur stuck on I-10 in mid summer heat, but I did enjoy my stay [​IMG]
    Last edited: Jan 2, 2010

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