Should I Give My Chicken A Bath?
A chicken bath? Really? Yes ! They love it !
A chicken bath can be super beneficial to their health. It’s a known fact that chickens love dust baths. These dust baths actually are essential for a hen’s health as they keep unwanted parasites away. Plus, I think they just absolutely love rolling around in it and tossing the dust up over them.
If you’re a breeder who competes in showing, then bathing your chicken may be something you do on a regular basis. However, show birds aren’t the only ones who can benefit from the occasional full on soap and water bath. As gross as it sounds, poo can build up around their fluffy bum and on their feet, especially if you have a feather footed breed.
How To Give Your Chicken A Bath
- First- put on old clothes!
- Your chicken may not be so comfortable with you trying to give it a bath, so one of the first things you can do, is hold the chicken in your arms to help calm its nerves.
- Fill a sink, tub or shallow pan (like a foil roasting pan) with warm water and a drop of Dawn dish soap. This is not toxic to your chickens.
- Gently pour warm water over the chicken’s chest and back. Lightly spread each wing, 1 at a time pouring the warm water from its shoulder to its tip of the wing.
- Wash the vent area, legs and feet last. This will help the poo come off easier because the lower part of the chicken has been soaking in the warm water.
- Make sure to rinse all soap off thoroughly.
- Clean the sink and full area completely with disinfectant cleaner.
After you have successfully bathed the chicken, wrap it into a towel and swaddle like a baby (sounds silly I know). Carefully pat feathers dry. This will help to keep the stress levels low and your body heat will help to warm them up faster. Gently patting or stroking the chicken may be enough to dry the chicken – but you may use a hair dryer on low heat to help speed up the process. Usually it take about 10 minutes to dry a small hen thoroughly.
Once you’ve gotten your chicken dried off – she or he is now ready for that fancy show and tell, or competition that you’ve entered them in or to just go strut her stuff out in the yard in front of Mr. Rooster.