Washing a white chicken for show? What am I doing wrong???


9 Years
Feb 21, 2010
Cowboy Magic green out. LOVE IT!! I have white Polish and Silkies I show. I spray them down with it real good with it, let them sit for about 5 minutes then rince. If there are really bad stains I do it all over again. Good luck!!


Brook Valley Farm
12 Years
Mar 1, 2007
I haven't had any luck with the cowboy magic stuff. It just seems to spread stains on my birds. Maybe I just have unusually funky birds.
I use tide with bleach alternative to wash them. I wet the bird, then use a very soft toothbrush to gently work the Tide into the feathers, going with the direction of the feather (& using the brush to gently work out any set-in funk in individual feathers). I let it sit on them for a few minutes, then rinse & repeat, if necessary. Works better than anything else I've tried. I've not tried bluing, however, but I have heard that that works really well, too. You just have to be careful not to use to much, or else you end up with a blue bird!

To wash crests on my Polish, I wrap the body of the bird in a towel so I can then use one hand to hold the bird's body, freeing up my other hand to do the washing (usually over a bucket in my kitchen sink so that I have running water to rinse with.
shhhh, don't tell my husband!). I then hold the bird on its back, so its head is upside down, to wet & rinse. This way I don't get soap and/or water in the bird's eyes or nostrils.


11 Years
Apr 26, 2008
Just make sure you don't use too much or you risk turning the bird a shade of blue/purple. I used to use it when we showed dogs. They also have a purple liquid just for animals but I can't think of the name of it right now. It works great. I'll try to think of the name and update.

Soccer Mom

10 Years
May 5, 2009
West of Crazy
Tide with bleach alternative. Just put a quarter of a cup in a gallon of warm water. Let the bird sit in water for a minute and stroke the detergent in the same direction as the feathers. Let the detergent sit for five minutes. I use this time clean the feet good with a toothbrush, trim any nails or the beak, etc... This sitting time is really important. You have to let the detergent do its job.

Rinse the bird twice. First, rinse in a bucket of warm water with a splash of wite vinegar added to it. It gets all the detergent off the bird and makes them super clean.

Then a final rinse in just pure water. Towel off and dry well with the blow dryer.

This really works.

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