cleaning feathers in the winter

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    10-19-2009, 09:49 AM
Question cleaning feathers in the winter

So it's starting to rain and get icky and the vet has suggested washing her feathers with shampoo once a week for an over all clean up and then after being worked or if they're muddy, just hose them off. I always wash her with warm water so that's not the issue and we've cut her feathers about 1.5-2 inches up off the ground so they won't get majorly dirty. How should I go about drying them. Should I just towel them or do they have to be absolutely dry with no moisture at all. I'm not sure how she'd react to a blow dryer.

I'm trying to avoid cutting them off unless I absolutely need to. Being a Clyde I'm slightly anal about her keeping cleaned up and neat feathers.
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    10-19-2009, 05:48 PM
I used to have a gypsey vanner. And he would always get muddy. We actually shaved the feathers that are close to the skin so they he doesnt get mud fever or any irritation. And we would leave the rest of the feathers so you wouldnt even know that any of the feathers had been shaved. That way when you clean them you can just use a foal towel ( or any shammy type towel that will soak up alot of moisture..) and then as long as there not dripping and she isnt freezing you should be good.
Just make sure all the mud is out and that the skin isnt irritated and she will be fine.
Good luck.
    10-20-2009, 03:43 PM
I've been brushing Tenacity's every day with a curry comb. If they're muddy (they were today), I don't brush them dry because it rips her feathers out. After I hose em down I just towel and let her stand until they dry. Not sure how well that will work when it gets even colder, though. Do it only on sunny days, I guess.
    10-20-2009, 03:56 PM
I brush hers and keep them about 2 inches up since we get some mud at the front of the pasture and her feathers grow pretty quick. I'll towel dry em when I wash them off. Normally we don't have harsh winters.

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