Bathing is an essential element of every animal’s hygiene regimen. We are all aware that having a bird bath in our gardens attracts a variety of bird species to the region for a bath and a drink. Our feathered companions, such as parrots, parakeets, cockatiels, and lovebirds, are no exception.
Bathing is an important aspect of keeping a Parrot’s skin and feathers in good condition.
Due to their dusty feathers, African Greys need a spray or wash at least once a week to aid encourage preening.
Our ringneck parakeet, ‘Ollie,’ enjoyed being misted with a spray bottle. Essentially, I would spray upwards above the bird’s head, and the mist would fall like rain. This method of simulating rain is more acceptable to your parrot than spraying straight into the bird’s face.
If your parrot enjoys this treatment, he will flee the spray and just stand there, wings extended, sometimes fluttering, and your parrot may even make delighted noises.
Different Parrot species may respond differently, so be patient with your Parrot; he or she will eventually get interested in washing, whether by misting, showering, or using a bathing dish.
Water is all that is required to provide your Parrot with a clean environment.
Some people put a basin of water about a half-inch deep inside the cage and let the bird do the cleaning; this is more natural since it enables them to clean whenever they choose.
I know a man in the UK who brings his parakeets into the shower with him, but please make sure you are always in charge, since this may go ugly, if you know what I mean. Ouch..
Always attempt to select the best time of day to bathe your parrot since he will need time to dry off before going to bed at night.
Also, avoid using cooler water as it may provide a shock to your bird. Imagine me coming over to you with the yard hose. Everyone has been there. OOOhhh
I’m not suggesting the water should be boiling; just put a little warm water to the spray bottle to take the cold off.
Soaps should never be used on your bird unless you are a professional cleaning birds that have been exposed to oil. This should be performed by a competent individual, such as your local Avian Vet or Nurse.
Bathing your bird requires a lot of common sense. If your parrot becomes completely soaked, he or she may attempt to fly. If this is permitted, parrots are in grave danger of injuring themselves.
Never put your bird in danger in this manner; instead, keep him or her close to the floor while bathing. You will quickly gain confidence in how and when to do this, and keeping the bird’s emotions and safety in mind, it should be a delightful experience for both you and your feathery companion.
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