Washing Hen, Molting?

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by nancypo, May 25, 2011.

  1. nancypo

    nancypo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I bought a hen yesterday, and she's molting (maybe) or been pecked at some. The thing is she's pretty dirty. She's a barred rock and most the her white feathers look dirty. I have washed butts before, but should I wait til more feathers grow in or does it matter? It's going to rain soon, so I'm letting it go. This girl needs a makeover, poor thing!!! And are there any special foods that will help her feathers grow in faster?
     
  2. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Nope, her feathers wont re-grow until she is done molting.

    You can give her some high protien foods (eggs, yogurt, a little meat, cat food) to give her a boost when she is ready.
     
  3. Yay Chicks!

    Yay Chicks! Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Growing feathers requires protein, so some extra protein might help. No bugs on her? It's nice you purchased a homely one and are helping to restore her to her former glory.
     
  4. nancypo

    nancypo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Thanks for the ideas! She was on a farm, and pretty dirty... But hold off on the washing?
     
  5. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Definately wash, but blow dry for dignity.
     
  6. Tina D

    Tina D Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:I love this quote! Even a hen needs a little bit of vanity... [​IMG]
     
  7. nancypo

    nancypo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ha! But it won't stress her and mkae more feathers fall out? The weather has been pretty chiily and I don't want a naked chicken [​IMG]
     
  8. LarryPQ

    LarryPQ Easter Hatch!!

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    Dont SCRUB her. Blowdry on low is fine. They usually fall asleep with the warmth.
     
  9. mallorysinclair

    mallorysinclair Out Of The Brooder

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    I brought home a filthy chicken today and promptly gave her a warm, gentle bath (shampoo, vinegar and water rinse, plain water rinse). She was just about falling asleep in the warm water. Then she got a gentle blow dry, and she *did* fall asleep. And she looked much better afterward.
     
  10. nancypo

    nancypo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Ah, that's cute. Great idea about the vinegar too, might cut the odor! She smells... She calming down, will wait til it's a bit warmer in a day or two. Thanks for the ideas!!! I have washed bums before, but never a whole hen!
     

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