I've tried every which way to bathe my birds -- misting, under the faucet, bathtub in the cage, etc. Libby (my GCC) was the only one who was semi-happy with the tub in cage, and only if I jiggled the water. Made a mess in the cage of course.
WELL, the other day, I tried filling the sink in the bathroom with lukewarm water. I held Charley (Hahns Macaw) in my hand and slowly lowered him into the water, about chest deep. He had a good grip on my fingers. I slowly rubbed his chest to get it wet and then started rubbing water on his back. He totally put up with it and even closed his eyes!
Then I thought -- wonder if Libby (GCC) will put up with it? So I did the same with her and she really enjoyed it! She just sort of laid in the palm of my hand and I rubbed the water all over her, even a little on her head. It was great!
Then I got real cocky and thought I'd try it with Angelina (Parrotlet
). She was wonderful! She was in the water up to her neck! She closed her eyes and let me rub the water on her feathers! She's always hated bathtime! It was wonderful!
I've done it this way 3 times now and it's been great -- very peaceful and relaxing for them AND me!
Feeling brave? You might want to give it a try if your bird doesn't like his/her bath!
Gosh I love these birdies!
JoAnne, Libby (2/10),Angelina (12/07), and Charley (11/10)
Also owned by Essie,Minnie & Oscar