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Do you take your parrot in the shower?

Sorry, I couldn't decide whether this belongs in the 'behaviour' or 'health' category

So...does anyone on here take their parrots into the showers with them? Do you use a shower perch, or something else? I'd love to take mine in with me, but I want to make sure it's safe and healthy first.

Pros? Cons? Tips?


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Goober comes in the shower all the time, she has a shower perch and will go on my shoulder/arm to get wet Just don't use any super strong soaps/washes especially face washes as they can have some harsh chemicals depending on what you're using



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I think I'm going to have to buy one I only use natural/non-toxic/organic, etc. products so should be okay I think. Especially since she'd be on the other side while I'm washing my hair, etc. and wouldn't get any on her.


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Wait so do you umm actually take a real shower with your fid right by you?

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Wait so do you umm actually take a real shower with your fid right by you?
I do! Like the previous poster, I also use all natural and mostly organic products for cleaning the tub and to shower with. Zucchini has a plastic perch with suction cups that we put on the glass doors. When I had my teil, I had a towel bar at the back end of the tub that my teil used to perch on in the shower. I had a wash cloth wrapped around it so that she could grip the bar easily and not fall. I think it is a great way for the bird to get the shower he/she needs, I get to bond & sing in the shower , and it gives the bird some good out-of-cage time in the morning so he/she doesn't have to wait all day to get out of the cage.

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But what is you fid started flying around the tub and it was really warm water? Do you take you bigger parrots in with you too? What if they poop on you? Lol I`m such a question maniac

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Well, I'd do it, except I'm afraid my bird would FALL OFF HIS PERCH laughing at what he saw!!!

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I've never had a fid try flying in the shower, although my fids wings are clipped. And, I don't take as hot of a shower as I might if I was by myself. And, if he poops, I'm in the shower... I wash it off. Although, that really doesn't happen all that often. I don't have a bigger parrot, but Jenny is talking about a Hahn's. Not huge, but I define Goober as "bigger".

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Yes, all of my birds come in the shower with us once a week. We use shower perches. Our favorite for safety is the Feathersmart Shower Perches available in my store.

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I brought Zazzy the Quaker into the shower for the first time today. I put a shower perch on the wall opposite the shower nozzle. She was on my shoulder when I stepped into the shower. I leaned back just a little to wet my hair and she got a little bit of water on her. Zazzy walked down my arm and let me put her on the shower perch.

She did very good while I was showering. Of course I had to sing to her while we were in there and she did her whirly bird head twists and head bobbing to my horrible singing. I'm going to keep bringing her in there with me so she gets a regular bath.
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I bring all of my guys into the shower with me, several times a week. They take turns. I have three shower perches on the back wall of the shower stall. They love it. The steam and the moisture in the air, and then, I mist them with a pressurized misting bottle...it falls on them like gentle rain. They ALL love it, and its a fun way to spend extra time with them. I highly recommend it!
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Well, I'd do it, except I'm afraid my bird would FALL OFF HIS PERCH laughing at what he saw!!!


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Fred gets in the shower, but by himself. He uses a perch, and I spray him with a pressurized mister. Most days he loves it!

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Keep in mind that birds have a higher body temperature than us, so what feels hot on your skin isn't as hot for them - so if you can stand the heat of the water, odds are your bird can too I don't take super hot showers, but I take nice warm ones and Goober really enjoys the warm water. Sometimes, I swear she just wants in the water because it's warm not because she wants wet haha

And when she poops, I just wash it down the drain It doesn't bother me, the soap and everything else as I shower cleans it up. When Gareth gets skeeved out by it, I have antibac soap in the shower for my piercings so I mix some in a cup with water and rinse the tub with it when I'm done lol usually I just don't tell him if she poops



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I used to take my old pet Cockatiel in with me. Comical to say the least! I did try it with Rio but hes not so keen. I have a big cage outside for him to have a shower in. Showering a Macaw can get rather messy in-doors, lol.

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So is showering with a budgie safe? I use Dove and sometimes Olay, and for my hair I use Pantene, Herbal Essence, and Head and Shoulders Are those companies birdie safe?

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I wouldn't go anywhere near a bird with head and shoulders, that stuff is a bit too strong for that. I shower my cockatiels, but I don't actually shower with them because I don't really have time for it befor university.
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My birds don't seem to like the shower. I have a Sun conure, Lovebirds and Parrotlets.

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Melissa - Goober is a severe macaw

I always take my birds in the shower, they all LOVE it. I don't have one who does it. It mellows out birds so much. They look so chilled afterwards. I get the birds absolutely soaked, then take them out the shower before I wash my hair etc. I wouldn't wanna use the products around my birds at all.

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I would love to be able to take my birds in to have a shower with me but none of them can stay still for more than 3 seconds.

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