Just a little something to help anybody etc
Most parrots love to bathe. Bathing softens the dirt on the feathers and skin and encourages preening. If you bathe your parrot regularly you will notice that his feathers begin to become waterproof due to his preening duties. Bathing is important for parrots, whose skin can become dry and itchy, leading to plucking. It's also important that any pollutants be removed from the birds feathers so that it doesn't ingest any toxic stuff while preening.
Here are some bathing tips:
- In warm weather, or when you can provide enough warmth after a bath, you canmist your parrot with a handheld spray bottle that you can buy in any drugstore or supermarket. If he's interest in the bath, he'll spread his wings, put his head down, shake around and delight in every drop
- Try misting above the bird so that the water simulates a rain shower. You can do this outside (in a safe place) with a hose for larger, ardent bathers
- In the summer you can completely soak your parrot to the skin a couple of times a week, it is very good for the bird
- In very cool weather, keep bathing to a minimum unless you can offer heat after the bath. A bird lamp will do
- Some companies make a suction cup shower perch that you can use to shower with your parrot. Many birds love this and allows you to spend more time with them. You just have to make sure your bathroom is parrot proofed. If the parrot doesn't like being in the shower, the steam in the room will add moisture to the skin. Always supervise the parrot when water is running
- Allow the bird to bathe in shallow water in the sink, make sure the water temperature is mildly warm
- Never spray a bird that is freaked out by the whole affair. This bird will need to bathe by them selves without your help. Allow them to walk into water alone while you keep an eye on them
- Don't blow dry your parrot, some blow dryers contain nonstick coating on the heating coils which can be deadly to your bird
- For a parrot who refuses to bathe, a flat plastic or ceramic dish filled with wet spinach, watercress, curly kale or other greens may encourage bathing
A little warning:
use soup on your bird unless it is for a very
good reason, for example if he gets oil on his feathers. Make sure you use a very mild glycerin soap and rinse your bird thoroughly. Wash only his body (not his face) and don't scrub. Your best bet is to fill a plastic tub with warm soapy water about chest deep to your bird and set him in it if he will tolerate it. Remember, when doing anything unnatural, such as a genuine bath (not a mist or shower) be gentle and compassionate and realize that your bird may become frightened. If in doubt, speak to an avian veterinarian
There are bathing products that you can buy from pet stores that contain ingredients such as aloe that are good for the skin. Many store bought products can irritate the eyes and contain unnecessary fragrances so always be sure first!