What needs to be done to clean and groom your poultry to look their best for the judge?
I’m always amazed at all that needs done the week before a poultry show. Every show we’ve attended we have learned more efficient ways to get the birds looking their best, sometimes it has been by learning the hard way. Hopefully you can learn from our mistakes and our successes as we give you a glimpse at what the week before a show looks like on our little farm…
You’ll need 3 buckets, any will do, but personally I like the 5 gallon size. Use Ivory liquid soap in the first one for the bath. You can add 1/2 cup of 20 Mule Team Borax to the bath for a positive effect if your chicken is light or white.
Fill a second bucket with water, use this to rinse the soap off the bird. If your bird is white it’s okay to add 1/2 teaspoon bleach to each gallon of water. This will help brighten the white.
In the third bucket mix 2 cups vinegar to each gal. of water, this will make the feathers shine. If you want that show shine appeal, add 1 tablespoon glycerin.
Gently pat the chicken with a towel, or confine to a clean cage to dry. Using a blow dryer is okay too, just make sure it’s not too hot, and diffuse the air stream with your hand at all times. The blow dryer can frizz or break feathers, keep it on low and take your time.