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What's the best way to Bathe a Parrot?

Postby PatrickAlan » Wed Apr 19, 2017 5:42 pm

Thought I should give my Senegal her bath......so decided to put her in her red foot bath with some warm water and let her take a bath. Well she immediately flew up to the rim and tried to jump away. It appears she doesn't like to be in water. So I ended up holding her and pouring some warm water over her back.......

How does everyone else bathe their Parrots ?
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Re: What's the best way to Bathe a Parrot?

Postby ParrotsForLife » Wed Apr 19, 2017 8:15 pm

Shower, All birds prefer different ways
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Re: What's the best way to Bathe a Parrot?

Postby alienlady » Thu Apr 20, 2017 5:33 am

Mine will only accept spraying. No baths no showers whatsoever.
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Re: What's the best way to Bathe a Parrot?

Postby liz » Thu Apr 20, 2017 6:05 am

Myrtle will only accept spraying her.

Rainbow likes spraying and catching the water running off the shower curtain. He does not want the shower spray.

I have not seen a cockatiel take a bath but they really cluster together when I bring out the spray bottle.

Picture that many little birds doing the "Momma spray me" dance at the same time.
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Re: What's the best way to Bathe a Parrot?

Postby ParrotsForLife » Thu Apr 20, 2017 9:18 am

liz wrote:Myrtle will only accept spraying her.

Rainbow likes spraying and catching the water running off the shower curtain. He does not want the shower spray.

I have not seen a cockatiel take a bath but they really cluster together when I bring out the spray bottle.

Picture that many little birds doing the "Momma spray me" dance at the same time.

Loki takes a bath in a large bowl whenever I bring fresh water
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Re: What's the best way to Bathe a Parrot?

Postby Pajarita » Thu Apr 20, 2017 10:44 am

Well, first of all, you should NEVER use warm water (it strips the natural oils out of their feathers and skin) - second, I would not recommend forcing a bird to take a bath (it would only traumatize it). My senegals are not good bathers (neither are my grays) but they do take a bath in their water bowls every now and then (whenever they feel like it). It's not a very efficient bath (lots of preparation, lots of gyrations but they never end up with a wet back :lol: ) but it's what they like and, apparently, also all they need (they are never dirty or even smell funny) so that's fine with me.
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Re: What's the best way to Bathe a Parrot?

Postby mmeager » Sun Jul 02, 2017 3:03 am

Obviously all birds are different and prefer different things, but my boy loves the shower, he gets so excited! I only ever put the shower on very gently, but its like rain for him. failing that he will also take a bath in the kitchen sink with the tap running gently. Sometimes he tries in his water bowl, which is actually really funny to watch!
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Re: What's the best way to Bathe a Parrot?

Postby Pajarita » Sun Jul 02, 2017 10:31 am

Yes, they all have their preferences - and, the funny thing is that they change it as they get older -well, except for the cockatoos and the cockatiels which ALWAYS prefer a 'rain' bath than a 'bowl' bath.
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Re: What's the best way to Bathe a Parrot?

Postby Trick or 'Tiel » Thu Jul 06, 2017 2:17 pm

Yup, my tiel prefers a spray bath and my budgie likes to bathe in a bowl. Sometimes, though, my budgie will try to take a bath in wet greens!
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