Jake Tollakson showed us how to bathe a hen on Sunday, June 23, at CLUCK the Chicken Store.
It was a perfect day for washing a chicken - hot and humid and partly sunny in the coop garden at CLUCK the Chicken Store. That meant the lukewarm water felt good to the hens and helped keep them cooled down. Lemonade and ice-cold water helped keep the rest of us cool.
This beautiful Polish was one of three show birds Jake used for his demonstration.
You could tell Jake's birds had been handled a lot because they were cooperative and docile almost though out the entire hour of the demonstration except . . .
Jake got a face full of feathers when his Polish hen got tired of being the bathing beauty.
Jake is used to washing his hens and they are used to being washed because they have to look their best when they go to the fair or swap meets and have to compete. Washing not only keeps them clean, but helps keep their feathers soft andlustrous.
In addition to showing us the right way to hold a chicken and how to calm a fractious chicken, Jake even demonstrated the right way to clip a chicken's toenails. Who knew you had to do that?