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Post by ross » Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:09 am

Sounds like my daughters day care lol
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Washing your chicken in preparation for photo shoot

Post by GreenriverChicks » Sat Oct 22, 2016 11:31 am

I wash my speckled Sussex in the laundry tub in my basement. Not for fun--only for shows :) It's too cold to wash them outside this time of year. I found out it was even too cold inside for them!
I set up crates in front of the wood stove under heat lamps and they were still shaking --so I pulled them out and blow dried them.
I have a double utility laundry tub and filled one with warm soapy water and the other I used to rinse them. It really wasn't a big deal--even for the roosters. The hens can't touch the bottom of the sink so they struggle less. I think once they realize you're not letting them go they resign themselves to it.
I had one rooster decide that he would rather live in the house with us after being bathed and spending a night inside!
Don't be scared. I was a bit intimidated at first but it's no big deal.
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Post by Ontario Chick » Fri Nov 18, 2016 8:29 pm

Well turns out I wasn't brave enough to wash anybody, just washed the feet and dusted the top, it will just have to do.
Taking in to consideration the effort needed to get few birds photographed glad I skipped the bathing bit, they were annoyed enough at me when asked to stand still ;)
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Post by Happy » Sat Nov 19, 2016 4:41 pm

Ok am I the only fool that bathed chickens? Do you know how much the tiniest little dot of Dawn dish soap suds up in a fluffy Cochin butt? I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed...and rinsed lol.
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Post by Ontario Chick » Sat Nov 19, 2016 5:50 pm

Happy wrote:QR_BBPOST Ok am I the only fool that bathed chickens? Do you know how much the tiniest little dot of Dawn dish soap suds up in a fluffy Cochin butt? I rinsed and rinsed and rinsed...and rinsed lol.
You are diligent person to be congratulated on your efforts!!
20 years ago I would have been right there with you.
Being elderly makes you choose your battles more carefully ;)
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Post by windwalkingwolf » Sat Nov 19, 2016 6:24 pm

I did not wash, just touched feet up enough to sort of see leg colour instead of mud. I have no efficient way of getting them dry quickly, and I couldn't envision having half a dozen birds wandering my kitchen to be near the wood stove :-D
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Post by thegawd » Sat Nov 19, 2016 7:14 pm

I washed the one and only RIR pullet I entered. she was sooooo good about it to. now I didnt go as far as submerging here in water and really scrubbing her with soap n all, instead I used a hose in the laundry tub, a wash cloth and a tooth brush. with luke warm water slowly coming out of the hose I got her wet. scrubbed her legs the tooth brush. then gently wiped her down with the wash cloth. rinsed her off with the hose, rung out the cloth and wiped her down again. I went over her comb, wattles and beak with the wash cloth and then I gently towel dryed her off. she seemed to really enjoy it it was weird not once didnshe attempt to escape or fly away. she stood on the dryer and then on the freezer while I ran around trying to figure out my photo booth. :-D
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Post by Happy » Sat Nov 19, 2016 8:02 pm

Omg i blow dried lol. They loved that part!
I admit I do wash butts but only in summer in a kiddie pool outside when they can lounge in the sun to dry off. I have chickens that insist on sitting on my lap and I refuse to let that happen with "will-nots" hanging off them.
Admittedly there was a couple that really needed the bath. That'll have to do them till it's back to 30C again.
@thegawd I'm glad to hear I'm not the only crazy one ;)
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