They get smelly.... and if you show them can't you give them a bath? These are young though, and I would like to ensure they stay healthy. They are about 25 days old, and CUTE! I know you can gently wash a show chicken, but no clue what kind of soap to use. Ducks need to have the little oil gland working, so I am afraid of messing that up so I will avoid this. would baby shampoo be ok to use? I use that for the dogs and cats faces....tearless and all. and then I use the real stuff for the rest of them. This is normal bath time...and they are HARD to get a clear picture now! Oh, and that is a goldfish that I was SURE was too big and suitable for chasing. They sucked them down in no time flat!. now I get Minnows. I figure that is more healthy, and I put then in the deep pool, so they have to dive to get them. This shows all three babies that came from our ducks.