When I was a child, we had a baby chick that was given to us. It was in poor health and the farmer had written it off as a loss. Being young and kind-hearted, my sisters and I were determined to care for the baby chicken.
We bought it home and made a best for it. Then I got the bright idea that it needed a bath (it was a hot mess of feathers and dirt).
Well… Shortly after the bath, it died 😦
My family has never let me forget the bath incident. It comes up several times a year – a simple reminder that I shouldn’t give my chickens a bath LOL!
Well- today, I gave AppleRose a bath… Well at least a foot bath! And I’m pretty sure she’s going to live trough the experience!
We have had a LOT of rain, making AppleRose’s living space wet and muddy! I noticed that her toes were getting caked in mud that was as hard as rock.
I decided that this was a great lesson in chicken care and turned the cleaning process into a hands-on learning experience for the kids. (Although Eli and Andre couldn’t watch because for some reason they thought her toes might fall off -which they didn’t – LOL!)
It was actually very easy- we just dipped her foot in a bucket of water to loosen the mud and then picked at the mud ball- making it fall apart.