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PostPosted: Mon Jun 10, 2013 10:34 am 
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Before we had a hydrobath it would take ages for us to do the legs. I have a firemans nozzle on the hydrobath and use a high pressure spray on their legs. We use Sard Eucalyptus spray and leave it on for about five minutes. Then wash the birds and soak the legs in soapy water. We then use the hydrobath to wash the birds and clean the legs. Nearly all the dirt comes out in minutes leaving the final touch ups to be done after the bird is dry. We usually do this as we do the nails, finishing off with a wipe over using an oily rag.

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PostPosted: Wed Jun 12, 2013 1:24 pm 
Champion Bird
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Joined: Sun Sep 13, 2009 8:59 am
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Location: Glen Innes NSW
pekin_lover wrote:
do you's clean the legs before you wash them e.g a couple days before or after they are washed and dried?

To answer this question, when you have your brain working properly it is far move advisable to clean the legs perfectly just before you wash, as you usually wash 3-4 days before the show, once dry, you take them back to the pen, where they preen themselves back into shape and then you get them out the day before the show to clean legs and sit the bird on your lap and you rough up the back feathers and tail feathers, the more they struggle the more you mess them up, and you just them wonder why you didnt do it when you washed then this scenario would not happen.

we washed today and had 2 old hens that havent been shown since last year with legs quite dirty. Within a few minutes of using the sards spray, nail brush and stiff tooth brush the legs were almost spotless, then the unpicker to take the last tough bits under a few scales and perfect into the bath and no dirt, no touch up. Smart washing..... unfortunately I have had too many Non brain working days,

I have seen people work on legs for 15 minutes plus (Including me) removing dirt from under the scales and now they come up spotless within minutes, and very clean and shiny and a lot less stress to the birds and the owner and a much better finished product for the show bench.

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