Feb 25, 2014

How and When to Give a Chicken a Bath

How and When to Bathe a Chicken
Chickens do not ordinarily need bathing, they maintain their personal hygiene by dust-bathing, which essentially involves rolling in dirt. At the end of a dust bath, the dirt is shaken off and the chicken proceeds to preen and groom its feathers back into place. But there are times when an especially filthy bird will need a bath. Bathing a chicken is a lot like bathing an infant or a dog- the most important thing is to prevent drowning while accomplishing the objective with reasonable speed and a minimum of crying.This article addresses the basics of bathing backyard chickens, not bathing show chickens in preparation for a show. 
Chickens dust bathing in sand.
Blue Ameraucana hen bathing in kitchen sink
Blue Ameraucana hen.
So, when might chickens need a bath? The most common predicament requiring a bath involves poop: either one bird poops on another from a higher roost or a chicken's vent feathers become soiled with droppings
Silver Spangled Hamburg chicken with droppings on vent feathers getting a bath
Silver Spangled Hamburg chicken in dire need of a bath.
Flystrike often goes unnoticed, hidden underneath feathers, until it is too late to save the bird's life.
Less common reasons for bathing a chicken include:
  • FLYSTRIKE Flies favor dark, moist locations for laying their eggs and while any area of the body can be affected, the vent area of a chicken is a fly favorite. After the fly eggs are laid on or in the skin, the larvae can hatch into maggots in less than 24 hours; the maggots then begin feeding on the skin, causing deep, painful sores that can become infected.
  • When a bird is injured in order to assess their condition and clean their wounds;
  • Being sprayed by a skunk, which would require special de-skunking products; and
  • When a bird is sick or confined due to quarantine, for example, and unable to maintain their own hygiene by ordinary dust bathing. 
  • When treating prolapsed vent, egg binding, and when a chicken is overheated and in danger of heat stroke, etc. (in the case of heat stroke, it's really more of a dip)
When I give my dog a bath, she gets the head-to-toe treatment, but chickens do not ordinarily require the full spa treatment, they can be spot-bathed more often than not. For example, if the vent feathers are soiled, I wash only the butt area. Why? Because chickens spend a great deal of time arranging and conditioning their feathers with oil from their uropygial gland and a bath can strip the feathers and skin of the benefits of those efforts.
Chicken uropygial gland at the base of the tail
A chicken's uropygial gland is located at the base of the tail. Chickens take oil from this gland with their beaks and distribute it meticulously and painstakingly onto their feathers.
How to Give a Chicken a Bath
Blue Splash Marans pullets preening their feathers.

SUPPLIES NEEDED
A bathtub, sink or several large basins
Several towels
Gloves
Apron
A large cup for rinsing
A nail brush (if feet are implicated)
Hair dryer (if bathing in cold weather)
Bleach (for cleaning the tub/sink)
 Vetericyn FoamCare Pet Shampoo
How to Give a Chicken a Bath
THE DOs &DON’Ts of BATHING A CHICKEN
DO:
  • Plan on getting wet. An apron may be in order. Better yet, wear a wet-suit.
  • Keep several towels handy- one for yourself.
  • Keep the water a comfortable, lukewarm temperature.
  • Put rubber shelf liner or a towel on the bottom of the tub to avoid slips/injuries.
  • Expect the chicken to flap and attempt escape at first.
  • Hold onto the wings gently to discourage flapping and escape attempts.
  • Keep the bird’s head above water. Expect extreme relaxation before long; many chickens enjoy baths so much that they fall asleep.
  • Consider rubber gloves if poop is involved.
  • Remember to sanitize the tub when you’re finished.
DON’T
  • Don't leave them unattended.
  • Don't use harsh (like Dawn) or vinegar, which can strip the oil from feathers, dry the skin and make feathers brittle.
  • Don’t pull dried poop off feathers- the skin can tear in the process.
Bathing a Partridge Cochin in the bathtub
SCRUB-A-DUB-DUB
I like to bathe my chickens in bathtub or a sink with a sprayer nozzle, but two large basins will suffice- one for washing and one for rinsing. Add a strip of rubber shelf liner to the bottom of the tub to prevent slipping. Run lukewarm water into the tub.

Bathing in water is not a natural or welcome activity for a chicken and there will be flapping and resistance initially. Hold the bird securely with one hand on the wings at all times, then place the bird into the tub slowly. 
Bathing a chicken in a bathtub
If the bath is being given due to droppings or egg dried onto feathers, allow the bird to soak for a while before attempting to clean the feathers. Using a sprayer nozzle or cup, soak the dirty areas well. Apply a small amount of baby shampoo to the feathers/skin and work into a lather. Gently coax any stuck-on nastiness from the feathers in between fingers without pulling.
How to Give a Chicken a Bath
Rinse well with clear water.
Gently squeeze excess water from feathers and wrap bird securely in a large towel.
Silver Spangled Hamburg hen wrapped in a towel after bathing
 If the weather is very warm, the chicken can air dry, otherwise,
dry the bird with a hair dryer on low heat. Most birds love it!
How to Give a Chicken a Bath
Bertha, (Partridge Cochin) post bath. Despite the glare on her face, she LOVED the hair dryer!
This is Freida, my Silkie hen who needed a bath after someone pooped on her back in the dead of winter. She was less than a year when I bathed her as shown in the photos below; she is five years old now and this was the only bath she has ever needed. 
Silkie hen wrapped in a towel after bath.
Drying chicken's feathers after bathing
Nothing quite as lovely as a day at the spa.
Drying Silkie pullet's feathers after a bath with a hair dryer.
 Freida loved having her feathers dried!
Chicken enjoying having her feathers dried after a bath
Drying Silkie chicken with a hair dryer after a bath
This is Freida after five years of maintaining her own feathers
by dust bathing in sand and mulch exclusively.
Silkie hen with baby chicks.
Kathy Shea Mormino, The Chicken Chick®


416 comments :

  1. I hope I never have to give a bath to a fussy chicken! Although seeing as they seem to really enjoy the hairdrier, it might be worth it.

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  2. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 10:41 AM

    It's actually fairly amusing once they get over the initial indignity of it. :)

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  3. loving my galaxys42/25/14, 11:02 AM

    I love your blogs!you are a inspiration! ! I'd love to win these treats for my girls! ! They love meal worms!!

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  4. Caitlyn Ralston2/25/14, 11:30 AM

    My chickens absolutely LOVE Happy Hens Treats! They would be mad if I didn't try to win them! LOL! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  5. Debbie Jones2/25/14, 12:03 PM

    I would rather not bathe a chicken, but a chicken momma's gotta do what a chicken momma's gotta do :)

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  6. Great article! Thanks so much for sharing :)

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  7. RuthAnn Jankosky Wachsmuth2/25/14, 12:06 PM

    Just in time! I noticed a dirty vent this morning. PotPie will be getting the spa treatment today!

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  8. I never thought of bathing a chicken! I would love to win this prize for my great aunt's chickens!

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  9. I have not had to give a bath but i have had to soak a hen due to egg binding. The first few minutes she did not like but then settled down and enjoyed the warm water.

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  10. Linda Fawcett Valentine2/25/14, 12:08 PM

    Already subscribe and follow on FB - what a great article! I was wondering what to use on the girls when nasty things are in their feathers (we had one with egg all over her tummy), and I will definitely be picking up some baby shampoo for our chicken first aid bin! :-)

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  11. Cynthia Betancourt2/25/14, 12:09 PM

    This was such an amusing read! If I need to give any of our chickens a bath, I'll be prepared, I don't own a wetsuit though! Thanks again for sharing your knowledge
    And experience! Love the photos of your Frieda.

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  12. Kristina Nicole Richardson2/25/14, 12:10 PM

    I have a couple that I was thinking I'd have to bathe but the next day they were back to normal so I just left them be they're very good at bustbathing :-)

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  13. We have 1 rooster that seems to end up needing a bath every few months. He ends up injuring himself by picking on the other roosters and, well, they don't put up with it. In a way I think he does it purposefully so he can come in and get a bath. He tends to almost fall asleep in the sink and then I dry him near the pellet stove we have. He instantly falls asleep during drying time.

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  14. Melissa Wittner2/25/14, 12:11 PM

    I have one who's feathers are a poop magnet. She's a big girl, too. This is going to be fun!

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  15. My chickens love baths.

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  16. amber rain rhodes whittenburg2/25/14, 12:11 PM

    I've had to bathe three of my chickens in the year that I've had them, all three fell asleep in the water. :)

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  17. lol I can just see my husbands face as he walks in to me singing and bathing chickens in the sink :)

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  18. OurNWSimpleLife2/25/14, 12:13 PM

    Thank you for all of your great posts and pictures. you are my go-to for chicken issues.

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  19. Probably a lot like the first time I bathed my parrot. He hated it and tried to kill me then decided it was awesome!

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  20. My hens get a bath if they are going to the fair with my son or need to be spot cleaned. They absolutely LOVE the very warm water I use.

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  21. Great Article. I have never given my chickens a water bath.

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  22. What a great tutorial! Not as intimidating as I thought.Thank you

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  23. alove the rubber ducks in the one picture. I have never done this with an adult, but I have with a baby chick.

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  24. I had to clean my 6 day old chicks bottoms they had dried poop on them and I was afraid it would stop them up. They loved it :)

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  25. Loved the pics of Freida's bath. I've had to give one of my hens a bath also and glad to know I managed to do it correctly. Would love to win this prize package.

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  26. Wendy Karcher2/25/14, 12:22 PM

    Sounds like this is something to look forward to. Lol

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  27. harvestmoonfarm2/25/14, 12:22 PM

    I have a feeling this is in my future!

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  28. Great article, going to save this one.

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  29. Brook Warner2/25/14, 12:26 PM

    Thank you for the article! When it gets warmer and my dirty white girl stops being broody I will be giving her a bath.

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  30. Brandee Gutierrez2/25/14, 12:26 PM

    I hope my chickens learn to not poop on each other! Lol

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  31. Thank you for the "bathing a chicken" instructions. Since we are getting Silkies soon, I imagine I might need to do this at some point. Please enter me in the Happy Hen giveaway. MIne LOVE their treats!

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  32. Subscribed by email & confirmed. I love your blog!

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  33. Christina M. Chiovitti2/25/14, 12:38 PM

    I have actually seen bird shampoo somewhere before, but I find for spot clean-up the pet wet wipes work well . They really do enjoy a good rib down, don't they?

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  34. Sheila Bennett2/25/14, 12:39 PM

    Not sure if my hens would be happy bathers!

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  35. Sure hope I win. My girls would love this!

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  36. Shel Reitmajer2/25/14, 12:42 PM

    OK. No more using Dawn of the chicks. Got it! Thanks for the info!

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  37. Teri Robinson2/25/14, 12:42 PM

    Awesome! I need to keep some baby shampoo on hand just in case.

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  38. Thanks for the great information! Come spring, we plan to make some modifications to our Chix House with information that I have learned from your website!

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  39. Love the info on baths!

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  40. I have one now with too much poop on her butt. I'd better give this a try.

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  41. Dennis Doyle2/25/14, 12:48 PM

    good information i will keep in mind

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  42. I would have never thought you could bath a chicken. Thanks for the info.

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  43. Bonnie Gano Morris2/25/14, 12:52 PM

    I love reading your blog and articles. You have helped and inspired us more than you will ever know!

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  44. April Halverson2/25/14, 12:54 PM

    This Place Is Pretty Educational :)

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  45. That is a lot of good information thank you

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  46. Maybe I will try to spot-clean the chicken's butt.....

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  47. Esther widgren2/25/14, 12:56 PM

    I do have a couple of girls with poopy butt feathers but I haven't wanted to bathe them in winter. Figured I'd wait until the warmth of spring. Thanks for the advice and great pics!

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  48. Would love to have these for my flock who has been cooped up more then usual do to the extensive hawk activity as of late !

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  49. My chickies love a warm bath and I just love the way they look wet.

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  50. I love your site, I have learned so much from you. New at this but I am have a blast watching them interact...

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  51. Kathy Roberson2/25/14, 12:58 PM

    I had been wondering about bathing one of mine. It's going to happen, but the weather's been changing so much (0 F to 69F) that I'm worried about doing it. At least I've got some good instructions to go by now! Thanks, Kathy

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  52. Jacqui Ainsworth2/25/14, 12:59 PM

    I have only washed chick butts so far but it is good to know how!

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  53. Erin Gay Hulderson2/25/14, 12:59 PM

    Good information. My life revolves around bathing youngsters with a baby, dog and cats. Hoping to not add chickens to the bath mix!!

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  54. Sandy Scofield2/25/14, 1:00 PM

    Would love to WIN a Happy Hen Treats Prize Package! And-thank you for the chicken bath info. Frilly feet collect ick.

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  55. Andrew Wolgamott2/25/14, 1:03 PM

    Happy Hen Treats ..... YUM!!

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  56. I wanted to add I find an old toothbrush also comes in handy for gentle scrubbing of toes and feet especially when dealing with smaller or young birds. I like to have nail clippers or shears on hand as well might as well trim the nails and spurs at the same time. Easier to see what your doing when all is nice and clean and the bath might even soften the nails a bit.

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  57. Would love the treats for my feathered kids. :-) And i've bathed one of my girls before. She loved it.

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  58. Alicia Cardwell Elam2/25/14, 1:06 PM

    I do it. My chickens loves bathes. Also they love happy hen treats.

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  59. I have had to bathe my black silkie due too poo stuck in her back feathers. She loved it! And secretly so did I. My kids thought I was crazy. Well yea!!

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  60. Gina Lunsford2/25/14, 1:20 PM

    This is very interesting-I've not needed to bathe any yet--except for feet. When I took several chickens and chicks to my son's pre-k class, I washed the legs and feet of the ones I took. It was early fall and still warm so it was pretty quick and no fuss. I'll definitely keep this in mind, though. For poopy feathers :(

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  61. I'm a little embarassed to admit this, but one of my pullets had poop stuck on her butt for a while. I had no idea what to do! One night while tucking in the girls, I was horrified to find her rear-end nearly bald! So I cut the poopy feathers off with scissors.

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  62. Jacqui Ainsworth2/25/14, 1:22 PM

    I have only washed chick butts so far. At keast they arent that strong.

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  63. I've wondered about bathing - if needed and how. Thanks for the great info. Thankfully, have not had a need to bathe any, but now I know how if it happens. This has really been a wonderful site.

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  64. teri snowden2/25/14, 1:26 PM

    i have given my chickens a bath. not hard at all. i think thy liked it lol

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  65. Wow. So interesting. I've never had to bathe any of my chickens. But if I had to now I know I could do it with these instructions. Thanks for the information. Thanks for the opportunity for the chicken treats contest. God bless you.

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  66. Katie Jensen Taylor2/25/14, 1:34 PM

    Holy moly! Cannot imagine bathing my chickens! What a circus!

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  67. Elizabeth Nicole Stelling2/25/14, 1:37 PM

    I have had to soak chick butts a few times and they did indeed love the hair dryer. I love how you explain everything so clearly! Thank you for another great article!

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  68. Jen Hutchison-Schoonover2/25/14, 1:37 PM

    Subscribed and commenting. Thank you for this wonderful resource. The love for your animals shows in every word and every picture. I must admit I hope I don't have to give a bath to my chickens but at least if I do I have excellent instructions to follow. I am preparing to purchase my first batch of chicks on Thursday (getting Barred Rocks) and am very excited to say the least. Have a great Spring and thanks for the information.

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  69. I'm sure the time will come... Thanks for the info. Could you elaborate on not using Dawn? I thought that was safe for wildlife?

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  70. I hope I do not have to give my girls a bath but, thanks for the info. I vote dust bath. Lol.

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  71. Beverly Harris McDougle2/25/14, 1:42 PM

    I just love your page on Facebook. Always very helpful information.

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  72. This is so timely, my Silkie just got pooped on last night! :| Thanks for the tips!

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  73. Once again thank you for the great info and another great give away!!

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  74. I have never had to give a chicken a bath, but you just never know when you might need too. Thank you for the advice! You make it look sooooo easy.

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  75. Becky Branham Dimon2/25/14, 1:59 PM

    I have cleaned my little bantams in the bathroom sink when roost poop is involved, but most of the time I let them preen themselves. Only one has vent poop problems with her feathers, and I try to be careful removing the clumps. I must admit that I have pulled out some under feathers when they were just too thick with it, but I should have been more patient and used water. I will try my best never to pull their feathers out again! Thanks, Kathy.

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  76. Jody Ita Smith2/25/14, 2:02 PM

    Yeah that's how we do it! Have always been able to air dry but glad to hear they don't mind the drier! And that is the same for silkies, how about the frizzle? Anything different with those feathers?

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  77. Heather Carlson2/25/14, 2:03 PM

    I had to give one of my chickens a bath twice as I suspected she was egg bound. In both cases she relaxed and enjoyed the baths after the initally flapping around as you mentioned. I did get wet, and so did the floor but it was well worth it. She laid her eggs soon thereafter her baths so I think it worked.

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  78. The concept of a hen being sprayed by a skunk is just so awful! And I am sorry, if a roo got sprayed he would just have to deal with it. I value my life.

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  79. Avis Peterson2/25/14, 2:10 PM

    Thank you for sharing the great photos as well as descriptions. And, as always, thank you for the chance for the giveaway! At what age (in weeks) can one give the worms to baby chicks?

    Cheers, Avis

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  80. Linda DeFreest Burger2/25/14, 2:13 PM

    Some of my girls love a bath . But most hate it !!!

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  81. Oriana Landt2/25/14, 2:16 PM

    My ladies are indoor "pets". They are rescued - had injuries & were going to be killed. When the diapers come off i have to clean them a bit here & there. I wash their feet often!!! They never watch where the step...but they never give me trouble either. Although they have been known to hang out/cuddle my kids a bit more when the video games are on. Taking them away from the TV can be dangerous! lol

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  82. Juli Morris2/25/14, 2:21 PM

    Again - the girls want to win food.... a never ending cycle!

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  83. Leah Wilson2/25/14, 2:26 PM

    I have been wondering how to bath a chicken

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  84. I know that day is coming. My 2 Buffs, Buffy & Fluffy get poop stuck on their butt feathers once in awhile but I've been trimming their feathers when they get yucky poop on them. I hope that is ok to do too or should I not keep trimming those feathers?

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  85. Stephen Garriga2/25/14, 2:42 PM

    When cleaning around the vent, I've found my girls stay pretty calm if I use a 5-gallon bucket about 1/3rd full and put them in feet first.

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  86. Stephen Garriga2/25/14, 2:47 PM

    I've found my girls are quite calm for vent area cleaning after a blow-out if I use a 5-gallon bucket 1/3rd filled with warm water and "dunk" them feet first.

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  87. I can tell that I need to invest in a wet suit--and I live in the desert--go figure it will be for chickens. We also need holding lessons also. I've never been able to control both wings with one hand.

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  88. I've heard of this but was always afraid to try it. One of my hens always seems to have a messy butt so she'll be the first one I'll bathe for sure! Thanks for the info.

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  89. Alison Drouillard2/25/14, 3:04 PM

    Thank you I've wondered how to do that.

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  90. Awesome Info! Thank you for taking the time to put this together, especially like the photos!!

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  91. Getting ready to build another small coop....chicken math is getting to me! I'm going to make sure our roosts are far enough apart so as NOT to have them pooping on each other! LOL I always love getting information from you site. Keep up the good work.

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  92. Lori Benton2/25/14, 3:14 PM

    There have been many chicken baths at our house due to varying circumstances. We will often use a bucket and it is so funny when they hit the zen point and just start to float and doze! You do have to be aware so they don't sink! Kathy's advice to have several towels handy is spot on because those wings can spread water far and wide. Thanks for the how-to!

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  93. Victoria Midkiff2/25/14, 3:18 PM

    I had to bathe a chicken one and she was not pleased with me to say the least.

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  94. Thanks again Kathy for great info!

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  95. I've had to bath a couple hens.. it's not hard, as long as you keep them from flapping their wings. Bathing a really fussy dog is a lot harder!

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  96. Ann Massarella Maxted2/25/14, 3:32 PM

    I've done that and having 2 people really helps :)

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  97. Ann Marie Wallace2/25/14, 3:35 PM

    Thanks again for more wonderful information! My little frizzle Red enjoyed her bath when she had a prolapsed vent.

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  98. Tammy Eyler2/25/14, 3:40 PM

    well.....thank you again......have myself a Wyandotte with a poopy butt.....I sure hope she will relax and enjoy!!!!

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  99. Tracy Harden2/25/14, 4:10 PM

    I've had to bathe one due to a dirty vent area. It was warm enough, and I didn't know about blowing her dry, so I let her loose in the yard to air-dry after I'd done the best I could with a towel. Just like you said, she didn't like it a first, but pretty soon she relaxed in the warm water!

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  100. We are all just a bit crazy. I like to bathe their feet when I am checking for bumblefoot. And gives me a chance to inspect for any other issues. And the tub is the best place!

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  101. Thanks for the info on the bathing, I hope to never need it ! Thank you also for the giveaways! My chicks would love the treats!

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  102. Debby Heyes2/25/14, 5:03 PM

    Ugh. My dog was skunked last week. I hope that never happens to my chickens!

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  103. Maura LaPak Zancan2/25/14, 5:59 PM

    Are babywipes appropriate to use for poop removal after a soaking? Thanks!

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  104. Your blog has become a daily read and education. Thank you!

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  105. Kelly Migash Chronister2/25/14, 6:33 PM

    Love all of the useful information you share. Just never thought about bathing my chickens. Guess I've been lucky so far that they haven't needed it.

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  106. LaDonna Martin2/25/14, 6:35 PM

    I have washed one of my girls messy behinds, but not the whole girl...and blew her dry...with a hair dryer. She didn't seem to mind.

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  107. Always learn something g from your posts! Thanks for the chance to win a prize!

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  108. Katlyn Koester2/25/14, 7:37 PM

    I've tried giving a couple of my girls baths for dirty butts. I couldn't get them to settle in enough for me to do any good. Maybe I should try bribing them next time.

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  109. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 8:09 PM

    OMG, how horrific, Sharron.

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  110. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 8:10 PM

    Thanks Pam and good luck!

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  111. Jessica Bowen2/25/14, 8:10 PM

    Learn so much every time you post!

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  112. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 8:11 PM

    I wouldn't- too many weird chemicals in them.

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  113. Yvonne Americas Sweetheart-Tho2/25/14, 8:12 PM

    We nearly lost one of our chickens to heat stroke, 2 years ago. We had to give her a cool bath to bring down her temperature. We hand/spoon fed her for four days. Nursed her to health and she's still healthy and beautiful today.

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  114. Ralph Banks2/25/14, 8:13 PM

    i need winter to end and these treats would be a good start for the chicks

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  115. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 8:16 PM

    Good times! :)

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  116. Sheila Bennett2/25/14, 8:23 PM

    Hope to never have to bathe my hens, but great info!

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  117. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 8:41 PM

    Thanks Shannon. :)

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  118. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 8:41 PM

    Good luck staying dry, Leah! :D

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  119. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 8:43 PM

    You shouldn't need to trim them. If they have chronic diarrhea, I'd address that problem and get it under control. Consider probiotics in their water.

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  120. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 8:44 PM

    Teri. :/

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  121. I have 2 1/2 week old chicks that are laying in their fermented feed and are all dirty from that. I would like to give them a bath, but am afraid because they are so young and don't want to get them chilled. Maybe they will eventually groom themselves.

    Thank you for this chance at the giveaway.

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  122. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 8:45 PM

    Nope, same technique.

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  123. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 8:47 PM

    You're correct, it IS safe for wildlife. We hear about it being used most often in wildlife rescue situations when birds are covered in oil. Dawn does a great job at cutting through thick oil, which is why they use it. That is precisely what we want to AVOID happening with our pet chickens. Unless they get into motor oil, skip the Dawn.

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  124. Birdie Barb2/25/14, 8:52 PM

    Thank you for the info. We had a house fire on the twenty second of January so I've had to board my flock until we build a new home. I still save all your articles on my iPad because I will have my birds back. My little flock is so dear to me, they are my babies. I still enter your contests and hope to win! Lol!

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  125. Vert Stanley2/25/14, 8:54 PM

    Great tips, same as always! Thanks for the cool giveaways!

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  126. Susan Colegrove2/25/14, 8:56 PM

    I don't know how to subscribe to a blog.?

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  127. I'm so new to this world of hens and can only imagine the first bath I'll have to give!

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  128. Tessa Shifty2/25/14, 9:10 PM

    I got my chickens to help me and my sisters through loss and depression of the previous months. We love to spoil them and love them and we adore them.

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  129. Cristina D.2/25/14, 9:11 PM

    We may be doing baths here soon!

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  130. Kimberly Swenson2/25/14, 9:12 PM

    Thanks for the great info!!

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  131. Barbara sherman2/25/14, 9:15 PM

    Would love to win this! Thank you for the opportunity!

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  132. Anna Orgeron2/25/14, 9:17 PM

    My poor cat inadvertently got a dust bath today as she walked past two hens flinging dust everywhere. She was not a happy kitty.

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  133. Jennifer Renae Younger2/25/14, 9:18 PM

    Nice little treat for the birds. Loved the info as well.

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  134. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 9:22 PM

    That's wonderful Tessa!

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  135. Connie Mixon Prichard2/25/14, 9:25 PM

    Love your blog, I always learn something new when I visit!

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  136. Beth Burnham2/25/14, 9:25 PM

    Going to have to bathe an Orpington hen. She is a bit deformed in that her tail feathers go down instead of up. I think it happened at birth but I did not really notice it that much until she got older. So, her poop lands on all her fluff below. I have been waiting for the weather to get a bit warmer. Now it is getting cold again. If I bring her in and bathe her, blow her dry can I put her back out that day? Or should I keep her in over night? Highs this week in the 40-50's and lows in the high 20's to high 30's. Debating on when.

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  137. Love your FB page and the blog info, been reading all day today.

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  138. Heather O'Keefe2/25/14, 9:30 PM

    Thanks for the useful information. <3

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  139. Chickens would love this give a way, already tried these and they Love them, please enter me and great info on bathing, had to do it a couple of dozen times so far and every thing came out ok.

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  140. Heather Walker Strait2/25/14, 9:32 PM

    Thank you for sharing the do/don'ts of bathing chickens. It's surprising to read they enjoy blow dryers- crazy!!

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  141. Thanks so much for all of the valuable info on bathing. I have one that never seems to get herself fully clean and insists on sitting on a roost underneath the others. She always gets pooped on! This info will help a lot. Loved the pics too!!

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  142. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 9:36 PM

    Yes, she can go back out the same day as long as she is completely dry.

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  143. Shannon Harger2/25/14, 9:36 PM

    I was recently wondering about bathing my girls due to very dirty butts/vents and I wasn't sure if it was something I should do not knowing if it would damage them. Thanks for all the tips it's been so helpful since these are my first chickens and I cherish them greatly.

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  144. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 9:36 PM

    You just need to confirm your subscription request in your email inbox.

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  145. Jenny Moody2/25/14, 9:37 PM

    So glad you did this article. I have a splash polish roo is in the 'sick bay' due to having his crest feathers pulled out. Even though I keep the cage clean he is just so dirty and I was contemplating bathing him but wasn't sure what was right and wrong. Thank you.

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  146. Marrije Eijgenraam-Nickerson2/25/14, 9:39 PM

    my chickies LOVE these treats :)

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  147. I had a chicken break her wing today and noticed her vent was quite dirty, so she had to get a quick wipe down and I got most of it out. Thanks for sharing the dos and don'ts of chicken bathing!

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  148. I really want to bathe my leghorn..she's not so white due to weather..bet she would rather the treats :) thanks for the info

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  149. Carnley Proud2/25/14, 10:08 PM

    We love Frieda!!

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  150. Diana Shook Ramsey2/25/14, 10:10 PM

    Thank you for all your info, I love this blog and appreciate all the time you take to put the info out there!

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  151. Lynda Clark Dykes2/25/14, 10:22 PM

    I really appreciate all the information on chickens that you provide. I started out with 6 pullets and added 4 more, but I have been bitten by then chicken bug. I have only had chickens for 7 months, and have had no issues crop up so far other than not separating the roosters and the girls getting bald spots. I did get saddles and have separated them now...but love having the information you site provides us newbies. My girls love mealworms and I can get them to follow me anywhere just having a container in my hand. I was really not interacting with them until recently when I built a large fenced area for them.

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  152. I love the way you share info. Pics correlating with detailed step by steps. So helpful. Thank you

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  153. Joan Paprocki2/25/14, 10:23 PM

    Thanks for the info! Your girls are all beautiful!!!

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  154. Thanks for the bathing information. My flock is really going to appreciate it when I start bathing them with lukewarm water in the sink! Freida and her chicks are adorable! Thanks for the opportunity to win the Happy Hen Treats. dilera_1@yahoo.com

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  155. Darcy Carothers Davenport2/25/14, 10:52 PM

    Interesting to learn about the use of oil while preening

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  156. Enjoyed reading this post! We had to wash one of our hens who had been pooped on, and weren't quite ready for all the flapping! With loads of love, however, and a good blow-dry (which she LOVED), she was back out and about!

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  157. Susan Turner2/25/14, 10:56 PM

    Enjoyed this bathing article. Would love to have the treats for my girls!

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  158. Lisa Dowdy Lampman2/25/14, 10:56 PM

    I have a few that I am going to have to bathe once the weather warms up a bit. Messy girls!! Gotta love the ones that end up under another when they decide to drop a pile. :(

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  159. Dawn E. Sarver2/25/14, 11:00 PM

    Great topic ! Hope to win

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  160. I had a chicken actually start dust bathing in the water once, she loved her bath so much. Needless to say, I had to mop the kitchen floor, dry the stove, cabinets, myself, and the dog!

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  161. leslie postin2/25/14, 11:11 PM

    Thank you so much for another wonderfully informative post! I never knew about the uropygial gland! My hens love Happy Hen Treats! xx

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  162. Christa Goss2/25/14, 11:13 PM

    Good info. Have a new roo that had to sit in his poo during transport to our home, leaving his bum prone to poo build up on the dirty feathers. As soon as it warms up he's slated for a bath.

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  163. Aw, isn't Freida just a doll! Loved all the pics except one....hahaha!!! Great post.

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  164. Kelly Kanedy Schwindt2/25/14, 11:51 PM

    Wonderful explanation and pics on chicken bathing! thank you!

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  165. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 11:54 PM

    LOL! Had to be done, Angela. :)

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  166. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 11:55 PM

    I wouldn't wait for warmer weather. Do it inside and blow dry him.

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  167. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 11:55 PM

    LOL!!

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  168. TheChickenChick2/25/14, 11:56 PM

    Thank you!

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  169. TheChickenChick2/26/14, 12:03 AM

    Poor girl. Rough day.

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  170. TheChickenChick2/26/14, 12:03 AM

    Glad it helped, Jenny. :)

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  171. TheChickenChick2/26/14, 12:04 AM

    Thank you Jen.

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  172. TheChickenChick2/26/14, 12:04 AM

    Thanks Elizabeth! Good luck in the giveaway!

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  173. TheChickenChick2/26/14, 12:09 AM

    Thanks Susan! Enjoy your new peeps!

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  174. TheChickenChick2/26/14, 12:09 AM

    Thanks April. I try!

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  175. TheChickenChick2/26/14, 12:09 AM

    Cool!

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  176. TheChickenChick2/26/14, 12:12 AM

    Thanks Jo. :)

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  177. TheChickenChick2/26/14, 12:13 AM

    Thanks Cynthia. :)

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  178. excellent blog! Packed with good information!

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  179. Great explanation!

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  180. Andrea Manfredo2/26/14, 1:15 AM

    I love that this is such a "clean" blog! Thanks for the info Kathy.

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  181. As a new chicken owner I was wondering about this, thanks!

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  182. Thanks for the good information.

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  183. Denise Allison Magil2/26/14, 5:19 AM

    thank you good photos information as usual

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  184. Karrie Sedlmeyer2/26/14, 7:04 AM

    once again, you've taught me something useful. many thanks!!

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  185. dabercrombie2/26/14, 7:04 AM

    Good blog post - I've bathed both chickens and ducks. Ducks are far easier (take to the water like a duck... well you know). The last picture of Freida with the chicks peeking out from under her is priceless!

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  186. I need to win I feel like a little kid in school when you have give always but I love it so much..I love coffee and chickens

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  187. I appreciate the information!

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  188. Darlene Partlow2/26/14, 9:06 AM

    Thanks for all the information you provide. I've learned so much from you!

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  189. my girls love treats, hope to have some extras for them!!!!

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  190. Jamie Burgan2/26/14, 11:17 AM

    D'aw Freida looks so cute all snuggled and sleepy like that <3

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  191. I certainly can attest to them enjoying a warm bath and blow dry. My golden-laced Wyandotte has been living in my house (dog crate) for a while and will continue for some time since the others have decided they want to peck at her backside now that she's been treated for a prolapsed vent/frostbite/vent gleet. Poor Dahlila. However, she seems to be getting to comfortable with her special digs. She has her private nest box, roosting 4x4 and private meals of sprouts, pellets, and occasional mealworms and scratch grains with a little grit & calcium as sides. :-) Mom, however, is getting tired of this and is afraid spring will never come here in MI. More record low temps on the way with temps sub-zero again ... without wind chill! Ugh.

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  192. Cluck, cluck, cluck...yumm!

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  193. yawningreyhound2/26/14, 12:30 PM

    The white streaks I'm seeing on the chickens kind of confuse me. They preen all day long, dust bathe all day long, and they don't clean those urate streaks...I wonder why!

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  194. Cherry Darling2/26/14, 12:32 PM

    Great Info! Subscribed and following on FB! Hope I win those yummy nummy treats for my soon to be flock! Cherry's Chickens! YAY!

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  195. Sarah Melberg2/26/14, 2:14 PM

    Love the info!

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  196. Ellen Anderson2/26/14, 2:58 PM

    My rooster, Jerry, would love that prize pack. He is such a sweet boy.

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  197. Vicki Lubarsky2/26/14, 3:05 PM

    Thanks!

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  198. mary carmen2/26/14, 3:10 PM

    Spring is coming, some day!!! My girls just want grass!

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  199. Vickie Redmond2/26/14, 4:58 PM

    how deep should the water be?

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