Bathing Backyard Chickens

We’ve had our 4 backyard chickens for almost a year now.  The last several months, Amelia has had big clumps of poo and bedding stuck to her backside.  I have seen once before that you could bathe chickens and decided to give it a try.  Today was a beautiful day.  The sun was out and warm, perfect for a bath.

I fulled a bin with luke warm water and some Dr. Bonnors Castile Soap and went to get Amelia.

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She took it quite well after the first initial shock of being in water for the first time in her life.  I kinda wonder if the cool water felt good on her bare skin.  The poo was in big chunks in her feathers and some of her feathers were missing.  I think they were pulled out by the balls of poo.  It took quite a while to get all the poo off, but once I did, she looks so much better.  Once her feathers dried, I couldn’t see her skin any longer either.  I’m sure she feels better and I hope we won’t have so much poo on our eggs either.

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Have you ever bathed your backyard chickens?  How did it go?

Sabrina

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