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Bathing your Bird

Bathing is very important to your bird’s physical and emotional health. In the wild, birds will bathe anytime it rains, and they also bathe frequently in small pools and puddles. Water helps to keep their skin from being dry and itchy, which can lead to feather picking. The activity of bathing also gives the bird some exercise and mental stimulation, and can help to cut down on the amount of dust your bird produces.

You would think that bathing is a fun activity for all birds. However, some birds who haven’t bathed before are absolutely terrified of water! Here are a few things you can do to help entice your bird to have fun in the water:

• Use a small bowl. Try placing a shallow bowl of tepid water in a place that your bird hangs out frequently, like at the bottom of a play stand, or on top of his cage. You might just have to let it sit there for a while before the bird decides to go over and investigate. You can try putting one of his favorite toys in the water to see if he’ll go over after it. Play around with the temperature, too. Some birds like water a bit warmer, and in the summer many bird enjoy cool water.

• Use food! Get some greens (like collard or kale) really wet and then weave them into the bird’s cage bars. Smaller birds like budgies really enjoy rolling around in wet greens. Placing them on top of the cage will allow them to really get into it.

• Use a mister. Use a small plant mister filled with tepid water. Gently spray your bird from overhead a little and see how he reacts. Some birds just love being “rained on” and will relish in the warm spray, but other birds react as if they’re being doused with battery acid! Don’t force your bird to bathe if she seems frightened. Just back off and try another method. You can also try using the sprayer on your sink or a shower head with the water turned on low.

• Take your bird in the shower. Get a shower perch and take your bird into the shower with you! Place the perch out of the direct stream of water, but in a spot where she can get sprayed lightly. See how she reacts to this. At the very least, the steam and humidity from the shower will benefit your bird even if she doesn’t want to get wet.

• Use the sink. Fill up your sink with about an inch or so of water (depending on the size of your bird – you’ll want the water to come up just over her feet) and see if she’ll explore this pool.

• Don't bathe in the evening. If your bird does love to bathe, be sure to bathe her at least once per week in warmer weather. A good soak down to the skin is wonderful for birds! Just be sure to bathe your bird early in the day so that she will be dry by night. A wet bird at night is just asking for trouble!

• Keep your bird warm. Use a heat lamp or other source of heat in the cage for after your bird bathes in cooler months. Your bird may appear to be shivering after a bath, but she probably isn’t. With the feathers all wet, you can see the chest moving much better. Birds breathe very fast, and this is just the bird breathing.

Don’t:

• Use manufactured “bird bath” sprays. Birds don’t need anything more than clean water to bathe. Additional ingredients aren’t necessarily good for your bird.
• Use any other soaps like baby shampoo. Water is all that is needed unless your vet tells you otherwise.
• Force your bird to bathe. He might be bathing when you’re not looking! My African grey always shied away from bathing, and I figured that a humidifier in the room would have to suffice, until I caught her taking a dip in her water dish!
• Use a hairdryer to dry your bird off. Many hairdryers have a non-stick coating that can be dangerous for your bird to inhale. Also, many hairdryers get very hot and could injure your bird. If you feel the need to dry your bird off, gently run a towel over her body. She’ll preen herself dry in a few hours.

Do:

• Go at your bird’s pace. Not all birds take to bathing that quickly. You may have to try for months or even years until your bird is comfortable bathing!
• Keep your bird warm during and after bathing.
• Bathe your bird during the day, not at night.
• Have fun!

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Thank you for sharing! Many people think they can just shove their fids in water but hopefully with this they'll probably see where their bird is coming from and why they have that terrible 'get me out of here' expression when dunked!

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thank you. my africa gray take bath in her water dish. i still work on her to trust me. she want let me touch her. she yell if you get close to her. i open the top of her cage so she can walk around . she dont talk at all . she 15 to 20 yrs old. i only had her for 6 month now. but i am not given up.
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thank you. my africa gray take bath in her water dish. i still work on her to trust me. she want let me touch her. she yell if you get close to her. i open the top of her cage so she can walk around . she dont talk at all . she 15 to 20 yrs old. i only had her for 6 month now. but i am not given up.
my Sierra dont like bathing unless you bath with her she is funny like that we shower together every morning

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I just got my Sun Conure to bath in a pudding bowl finally. I filled it with warm water and held the bowl. I was pretty wet too by the end but Pixie was happy.
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Thank you kindly, i've looked at those products and always wondered.
My lovies will do both, if they want a bath badly enough they will bath in their water dishes. Although they love and will almost never pass up the chance to join me in the washroom for a sink bath (its their favourite they just love the running water combined with the little pool, although only on my hand otherwise its scary. )
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Gizmo loves bathing in her water bowl... but won't bath if I put an ACTUAL bath bowl into her cage! Typical :-D She also rather enjoys being misted with some tepid water on occasion.
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My cockatiels slept in their fruit dish and got all sticky and gross, clearly in need of baths. This was their first bath. I brought them to the bathroom when I went to shower, turned the water on the lowest setting to spray a nice mist. They wanted their faces under the water, they would turn around to face the water and just close their eyes while getting wet. Will be making them a shower perch soon! Always fun to shower with a bird or two!

Vets aren't always trust worthy such as how a vet will recommend the most unhealthy and disgusting food for your dogs/cats just because they sell it in their office and want your money. My point is, do your own research don't just automatically trust a vets word for something.
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I came to this post on bird bathing, because Sweetheart shies away from using her bird tub, even though it is obvious she could use a bath now and then. J. noticed that her rump was not clean (excreta hanging down) and we both wondered if this was at all normal. He went ahead and misted her behind with warm water, in the morning, to clean her. For the rest of the day she gave J. the cold shoulder, turning her back to him, and not singing. Eventually she warmed up to him again, but she certainly can hold a grudge.


And as for her turquoise tub, she knocked down a piece of clipped lettuce from the side of her cage, so it fell into her tub -- and she seems to be enjoying the presence of her tub more, with this green leaf addition. Right now she mostly drinks from her tub, but can get her whole face into the tub, and perhaps this might lead to a complete body immersion, as she becomes less tub-shy.



Again, with Sweetheart, it seems to be HER TUB: HER TERMS! As long as she can be clean and comfortable, J. and I don't mind her particular quirks -- if we can work with her with these, it is the best thing! (With the occasional J. spray for good bird hygiene. )


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I came to this post on bird bathing, because Sweetheart shies away from using her bird tub, even though it is obvious she could use a bath now and then. J. noticed that her rump was not clean (excreta hanging down) and we both wondered if this was at all normal. He went ahead and misted her behind with warm water, in the morning, to clean her. For the rest of the day she gave J. the cold shoulder, turning her back to him, and not singing. Eventually she warmed up to him again, but she certainly can hold a grudge.


And as for her turquoise tub, she knocked down a piece of clipped lettuce from the side of her cage, so it fell into her tub -- and she seems to be enjoying the presence of her tub more, with this green leaf addition. Right now she mostly drinks from her tub, but can get her whole face into the tub, and perhaps this might lead to a complete body immersion, as she becomes less tub-shy.



Again, with Sweetheart, it seems to be HER TUB: HER TERMS! As long as she can be clean and comfortable, J. and I don't mind her particular quirks -- if we can work with her with these, it is the best thing! (With the occasional J. spray for good bird hygiene. )

The only time Banana likes to bath is if she has a dish full of water with a bunch of lettuce or spinach or dandelion leaves laying on top of the water. She jumps right in and rolls all over the green stuff and ends up smelling all sweet and fresh like salad.



Some birds are odd ones ... maybe try to put a bunch of fresh dandelion green leaves in her bathtub with water and see if she will do more then dunk her noggin?
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Lately Sweetheart has been dunking her head in her tub with obvious enjoyment -- plus J. and I make a big fuss of encouragement for her accomplishment -- and she seems to be enjoying our responses to her head-dunking. J. still gives her the odd spray now and then if she makes a big show of over-preening her breast feathers. All of her feathers have grown back beautifully, and we are hoping that she can stay looking lovely.
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Lately Sweetheart has been dunking her head in her tub with obvious enjoyment -- plus J. and I make a big fuss of encouragement for her accomplishment -- and she seems to be enjoying our responses to her head-dunking. J. still gives her the odd spray now and then if she makes a big show of over-preening her breast feathers. All of her feathers have grown back beautifully, and we are hoping that she can stay looking lovely.

Congratulations on getting SH to dunk and have a little spritz and feel fresh in this summer heat. I'm sure you are very pleased she is fully feathered and happy. Keep up the good work!





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I know Lorikeets love to bath, think most parrots do. My new baby Red Collared just got his first water bowl in his cage and fluffed up and ducked his head right in. There I was thinking he would be afraid of water at first. Oh no. They think they're fishes. It appears to be instinctual in most species.

Another interesting think the adult parakeet does is bath in wet leaves. He dive bombs into a bushy branch then clutching for all his life rolls and throws himself from side to side until completely soaked all the while screaming his head off in pure joy.

I've seen wild birds doing this too, so assume there is some kind of medical property to the Camphor leaves that maybe deter parasites. Not sure my parakeet learned this behaviour from the wild birds which he copies a lot including their song and alarm calls with some hilarious results.
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Thats the most gorgeous picture I'ver ever seen. Don't they just love their baths. What a cutie. So glad he got all his feathers back and is looking so happy!
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Lately Sweetheart has been dunking her head in her tub with obvious enjoyment -- plus J. and I make a big fuss of encouragement for her accomplishment -- and she seems to be enjoying our responses to her head-dunking. J. still gives her the odd spray now and then if she makes a big show of over-preening her breast feathers. All of her feathers have grown back beautifully, and we are hoping that she can stay looking lovely.
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