After our pretty, fluffy butt chicken became the dirty butt chicken, I knew it was time to attempt to give her a bath. I really hoped that she would do the job herself with a dirt bath. I saw her and our other chicken taking a dirt bath and I attempted to toss some dirt in her bum area in an effort to help. I also tried just spraying her butt with water. None of these efforts yielded any results so bath time it was.
I don’t even own a hair dryer so now I am buying a hair dryer for a chicken. It is interesting how life changes with chickens. I never signed up for any of this, but here it is. Our chickens do not like to be handled so I knew not to attempt bath time without the help of my husband. We got our two pans of lukewarm water and readied the hair dryer. We used our natural dish soap for the occasion. It was my husband’s job to hold her. He is much better at that than I am. That left me the unfortunate job of cleaning yucky poo off the chicken. I certainly never imagined myself doing that and I am not a mother to any humans so it is not as if I have a lot of experience in this area. It was definitely not pleasant, but it was necessary. I do try to be a good chicken mama.
Our girl made some crying noises and did try to escape, but my husband did a good job of holding her and keeping her fairly calm. Our other chicken, that I affectionately call the little chick, made some noises too. I don’t think she liked that we were putting the big chick through that whole ordeal or maybe she was just worried that she would be next.
The final step was drying her off. It just seemed so strange to me that I was standing there blow drying a chicken. It made me think of the commercial with the woman blow drying the chicken and talking about fluffy eggs. I have entered a new phase in being a chicken mama. I just need our girl to stay clean. It was nice to see her dirty butt go back to her usual fluffy butt. I did that :-). Have you had to give your chickens a bath? How was the experience? Please follow Faithful Homesteader on Facebook. We are always ready to make new friends and share experiences.