My front building where my Charcoals reside all year long,and I add all my Blue birds to for wintering is on sloped concrete.Everytime it rains water runs downhill and thru the building,making a mess because of the pea poo. All birds were fine Thursday but noticed Friday all 3 IB males,Thang and my Charcoal males trains was full of mudd and all was dragging the ground.They looked terrible. So Saturday morning I scooped poop,went and bought 3 bales of wheat straw,spread the straw around then wondered how I was going to clean their trains.I was afraid as early in the spring as it is now,if they broke too many feathers breeding wouldn't even start this year. I thawed out a garden hose,attached a spray nozzle end then proceeded to grab them while on the roost and wash them clean. I did this to all 5 males and surprisingly none fought me.I moved the feathers around and used the nozzle setting under wide open stream. I spent maybe 10 minutes per male until the water ran clear. We had to finish up our new dog website and I left for Memphis Tennessee,and then Springfield Missouri at 6am Sunday morning so tonight was the first I had a chance to look at them since the train washing,,I was amazed at how nice they look now.Has anyone else had to do this because of mudd preseason to breeding? If the males lose or break too many train feathers they won't breed? These birds were fine when it was below freezing but after the last big rain and then many days above freezing I guess it was a wake up call to help them.The males actually didn't pull away as I sprayed and opened up their tail feathers to get as much clean as possible.I'm sure they can walk easier now and they aren't dragging their tails in the wet poo-mudd-ect.