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Question My cockatiel doesn't like bathing.

She doesn't use the dish with water in it that I place in the bottom of the cage. So I have to use a spray bottle, but it always a struggle since she doesn't like it.

Is it because she is only 7 months old?
What are some things I can do to make things easier?
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Stop trying to force her.
If she does not like it, why force her?

You may find there is a trigger to bathing.
Like when it is raining, water running, Vacuum cleaner running, Hair dryer. Any one of these may trigger a bathing response. That is when to try misting. A lot of Cockatiel I have had dealings with prefer misting to bathing.
They do not need to bath though, so please do not force this on her. Let her decide if she wants to or not.


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Stop trying to force her.
If she does not like it, why force her?

You may find there is a trigger to bathing.
Like when it is raining, water running, Vacuum cleaner running, Hair dryer. Any one of these may trigger a bathing response. That is when to try misting. A lot of Cockatiel I have had dealings with prefer misting to bathing.
They do not need to bath though, so please do not force this on her. Let her decide if she wants to or not.
I was given a care sheet by the store that I got her at, and it said she needs one 3 times a week.
I'm sorry if I was doing something wrong, I'm new to this

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Perhaps its the way you are spraying her that she dislikes?

I found my tiels didn't like the sound of the spray bottle made when I pulled on the handle to get the water out. I use to place my tiel on a perch in the bathroom sink and very easily pump the bottle handle but I would shoot the mist up in the air well over top of the bird so it falls softly on them.

They liked this, it wasn't noisy or frightening for them with the shock of droplets of water hitting them, it was a very soft mist that fell on them.





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I was given a care sheet by the store that I got her at, and it said she needs one 3 times a week.
I'm sorry if I was doing something wrong, I'm new to this
Sorry I was grumpy. And less than polite.
I have to wonder at care sheets.
But good they are being pro active with trying to help new bird owners.
Some of the birds I have or had, would run a mile when they even see the misting bottle. Others keep trying to bath in the water bowels. Very annoying due to the mess they can make and foul the fresh water.
That was another key trigger I forgot above. Putting fresh water in their drinking bowl can work. Oh! And sound of running water.
Others take to a good misting very fast. I have a Tiel in right now trying to find her owners and she was the most excited and loved having a misting. Timing is everything. Give a quick spray above and let the mist float down. Only do this a couple of times to let it sink in. If she does a runner give it away. some birds will put up with being misted, but you can see they would prefer not.
Some will even take a full on shower. I have a couple of those as well.
There is no set amounts to 'They Need Bathing'
Bathing can help when they are in molt. But so will just taking them into a hot steamy bath room and hanging out.
Sophie and one of her first mistings.

Then you get the ones that let you know they want to bath.
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Sorry I was grumpy. And less than polite.
I have to wonder at care sheets.
But good they are being pro active with trying to help new bird owners.
Some of the birds I have or had, would run a mile when they even see the misting bottle. Others keep trying to bath in the water bowels. Very annoying due to the mess they can make and foul the fresh water.
That was another key trigger I forgot above. Putting fresh water in their drinking bowl can work. Oh! And sound of running water.
Others take to a good misting very fast. I have a Tiel in right now trying to find her owners and she was the most excited and loved having a misting. Timing is everything. Give a quick spray above and let the mist float down. Only do this a couple of times to let it sink in. If she does a runner give it away. some birds will put up with being misted, but you can see they would prefer not.
Some will even take a full on shower. I have a couple of those as well.
There is no set amounts to 'They Need Bathing'
Bathing can help when they are in molt. But so will just taking them into a hot steamy bath room and hanging out.
Sophie and one of her first mistings.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mhCZsXMf98s

Then you get the ones that let you know they want to bath.
Ricky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xsy-VLLsjTE

Beautiful videos Clive, Sophie being misted looked so happy.

I love that Rikki does that hand and drip method under a slightly running tap, I don't think I've ever seen such a beautiful rosella as this one.





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