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Old 07-28-2009, 10:53 AM  
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How to wash a chicken?

One of my co-workers has kids in 4-H. He just asked me how they are supposed to wash their chicken for the fair... No idea...
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:55 AM  
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I don't know how to wash a chicken (other then rince it off before you put it in the roasting pot) but I must say, the title of your post made me laugh!
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:56 AM  
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Oh I learned this last year..

you need 3 buckets.

one with plain water (warm not hot)
2nd bucket is warm water with dawn dishsoap scrub the chickens good
3rd bucket is warm water to rince them

take old towels and dry them and then take a hair dry on cool setting or make sure its not hot enough to burn them and blow dry.

I bet if I look I still have the pictures from last year when my daugther did it.
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Old 07-28-2009, 10:56 AM  
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I'm no help but I had to laugh when I opened the thread - I thought it was going to be a joke or perhaps some pictures of how NOT to wash a chicken (learned the hard way).

I know someone on this site will know the answer!

ETA - must have posted at the same time, I knew someone would know!
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:00 AM  
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Oh I learned this last year..

2nd bucket is warm water with dawn dishsoap scrub the chickens good
Is there anything you can't do with Dawn dishwashing detergent? I swear I have heard of more uses for this product than any other.

PVF, I would love to see pictures of your daughter washing her chicken (just typing that made me giggle)
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:01 AM  
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I was just thinking of you when I read the title pvf, I remember your daughter's adventure last year!
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:11 AM  
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Here are pictures of my daughter and one of the other 4H kids getting there chickens ready for the fair..



scrub good..

Rince.. and repeat if nessary




splish splash taken a bath..


towel dry..

and then we blow dried them when so I was blowing the chickens while the kids were holding them so I didn't get a picture of that.

If you have the water filled up so that the chickens can stand up without drowning they will kind of just sit in the water.
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Old 07-28-2009, 11:56 AM  
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You have to wash you chickens? I never did, is it required? Just curious...
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:04 PM  
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You have to wash you chickens? I never did, is it required? Just curious...
yep.. required for 4-H!
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:10 PM  
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You have to wash you chickens? I never did, is it required? Just curious...
Just like anything else you show, it should be in top condition. I know that *I* would not want to judge a dirty chicken.
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:12 PM  
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yep and washing them removes any of the loose feathers.. blow drying them makes them nice and fluffy..
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Old 07-28-2009, 12:42 PM  
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When I was in 4-H a long,long time ago... I was at state doing my demonstration on cavies. The kid before me did his demonstration on washing a chicken. The chicken passed out, it looked like it died in the middle of the presentation as it went completely limp. Poor kid, I think I laughed as it was pretty funny.
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Oh wow that is very interesting. Thank you for asking. I knew they washed them just never thought to ask how.

Well if my kid decides to show chickens now i know what i have to look forward to.

Also not to hijack but may i ask a question since we are on the topic.

How old must a kid be to join the 4H for showing chickens?

I know for horses it's 9.

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Old 07-28-2009, 12:50 PM  
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Around here a clover bud can show a chicken - the parents stand by them when they are getting judged. Clover buds are thrid grade and younger I believe. They are allowed to show 1 animal at the fair.
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Dang, HT was acting up on me, so I didn't get my response in early enough ... before the valuable info started coming in ...

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"Very Carefully!"
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:39 AM  
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So do all chickens get washed? Even the meat pens or just the fancy breeds and layers? We've not washed our fair animals before other than spot washing the calf. Michigan weather is just crazy and we don't have the large dryers needed for bigger animals.

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Old 07-29-2009, 07:41 AM  
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all chickens, ducks, geese, any animal needs to be washed. We wash the cattle before we bring them to the fair and then they get another complete bath before the show.
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Old 07-29-2009, 07:45 AM  
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Dang, HT was acting up on me, so I didn't get my response in early enough ... before the valuable info started coming in ...

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"Very Carefully!"

I was going to suggest "gentle cycle)

Actually.... I bathe my parrots in the tub.... I have a spray attachment, I just cant see my neurotic Cockatoo, or my bad tempered Macaws agreeing to be dipped in buckets....
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Old 07-29-2009, 08:02 AM  
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LadyM & Gramma Sassy you guys are funny!!
I didn't know until right before the fair last year that the chickens had to be washed either. I really really don't like chickens so that was an interesting deal.. but the chickens didn't mind the bath. I thought that they would be flying all over the flippin place but they weren't.
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Well once again I have gained valuable knowledge! I never would have thought of washing a chicken but now I know. We have the peanut festival here in Alabama and they always have a cattle, goat, hog, chicken, etc... show and I thought of entering my game chickens (if they have a class for them) and now I have learned how to make them look their best!!
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