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Finally Found a Way to Bathe Them!

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!

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I think I'm gonna try it now!


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Cricket is pretty good about taking a bath. I put the shower head down in the tub and turn it on warm so it is like a little warm rain and he gets in and out as he pleases. But i might try your way when he doesn't get very wet. Jo, you really need to get Lou to video you doing this. Plus i wanna see Charley playing. It would be so cute!
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Ice loves the water tap in my sink, i just lay a boing across the sides of the sink and turn on the tap and ice just sits fully under the tap!! LOL

im going to try your way though.. sounds fun!


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It really is very relaxing and peaceful. I talk quietly to them while I'm bathing them and it's nice. They get wetter this way too, than when I've tried misting.

Shelly - One of these days I'll ask Lou to video bathtime (theirs, not mine!). I've tried getting a video of Charley playing, but he always stops and stares or comes over to beak the camera!

If anyone decides to try this method, please post and let me know what happens!

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Mine love the sink. I fill it with a little warm water and let the faucet run at a trickle and my conure has a wonderful time. He gets soaked and so does the the bathroom. My p'let isn't quite as enthusiastic but he doesn't hate the bath as much as the handling. He hates misting more so the sink is the lesser of two evils.
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Maxx loves the sink also. I use the sprayer set real low on him and he really enjoys it.



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Well, here I thought I was being so clever! LOL! Since no one bit all my fingers off, I think it's a hit!

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both my birds love to bath

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I tried it! They tolerated it, but I don't think they liked it very much. Birds are crazy!


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You never know what they'll like! We're only here to serve!

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That's a really good idea. I'll try it if I ever have to. Luckily my birds stand under showers in bliss

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Wow, that's great! I've tried the shower with Charley and Libby, but they just hunker against the shower wall and stand there (on a shower perch) looking miserable and like I'm trying to kill them!

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Hahahaha I have some birds who also freak out in the shower! But I've also had birds who love it. It all depends.




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Thanks for sharing! My p'let used to love being misted and held under the shower and now she refuses! I might try this method. Do you keep them from flying off by scratching their heads? I'm envisioning mine fluttering off at the sight of the pool of water...

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I've done that once before with Moose, he seemed to enjoy it. I need to try it with Goober, turns out the turd is allergic to something in the tap water! It irritates her skin, makes her itchy, and she plucks. I'm trying to figure out a way to bathe her that I can use filtered water from the kitchen sink or purified gallon jugs without wasting it all haha



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For some reason, they don't try to fly off! My Parrotlet just sort of floats in my hand! It's amazing!! Don't know how I got the idea and don't know why it works, especially with my Parrotlet!

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