Bathing and Showering Parrots
The benefits of bathing your bird
Baths are a great way to keep your feathered friend clean and healthy. Bathing your pet bird has a number of benefits that go beyond just staying clean. Taking the time to give your bird a bath can help keep their feathers in top condition, hydrate their skin, get rid of dirt and encourage preening.
Feather Maintenance: When it comes to maintaining your bird’s feathers, bathing is an important part of the process. Regular baths help remove built-up dirt, grime, and even parasites from your bird’s feathers. This allows the natural oils from their skin to better coat the feathers and prevent them from drying out.
Skin Hydration: In addition to keeping feathers clean, regular baths also help to hydrate your bird’s skin. By taking the time to give your bird a bath you can help keep their skin moisturized and avoid any uncomfortable dryness or irritation.
Dirt Free: Bathing your bird on a regular basis can help keep them and their environment dirt free. Since birds spend a lot of their time in the same spot, they can easily track dirt and germs around the cage. Taking them outside for a bath helps to keep their feathers, cage and bedding clean.
Encourage Preening: Preening is an important part of a bird’s self-care routine. Regular baths can help encourage preening as it gives them an opportunity to groom themselves in a safe environment. This helps to reduce stress levels, keeps the feathers healthy and allows your bird to look their best!
Feathers: Bathing can also help to bring out the natural color of your bird’s feathers. Not only does this make them look their best but it also helps to reduce any discoloration caused by dirt or dust particles. Keeping your bird’s feathers healthy and vibrant is one of the best ways to keep them looking great.
By taking the time to give your feathered friend regular baths, you can help keep them clean, healthy and happy. Not only will it make them look great, but it will also help to reduce stress levels and encourage preening. With just a few minutes of your time each week, you can have a happy and healthy pet bird!
How often should I bathe your bird?
When it comes to keeping your feathered friend clean, regular baths are a must! Pet birds should be encouraged to take a bath at least three to four times per week. This is because the dry air produced by central heating and air conditioning in our houses does not support the maintenance of good feathers and skin. When your bird decides to take a bath, try to offer it a bath or put it in the shower. Make sure the water is warm and shallow – you don’t want your bird to drown! If you’re using a bowl, make sure it is shallow enough for your bird to splash around in without any danger.
During the bathing process, provide your bird with plenty of toys and attention. This will ensure that the experience is pleasant for your bird and not just a chore. After your bird is done with its bath, be sure to thoroughly dry its feathers with a towel. You can also use a hairdryer on the lowest setting for more difficult-to-reach spots.
Bathing your pet bird is an important part of its routine care, so be sure to do it often and properly! Regular baths will help keep your feathered friend happy and healthy.
How do I give my bird a bath?
Use lukewarm water for bathing. Some birds may attempt to submerge themselves in their drinking bowl and splash around in a dish of water. Additionally, there are unique bathing chambers that fasten to the side of a small bird's cage to prevent water splashing across the space. For the purpose of preventing bacterial growth on their surfaces, make sure to clean these bathing stations every day.
Another convenient location for birds to bathe is a shallow sink of water. Many birds enjoy splashing around beneath a soft stream of water from the faucet, dipping their heads and flapping their wings. Sitting on a unique perch at the back of the shower that has suction cups that stick to the tile, your bird may enjoy taking a shower with you. A perch farther from the direct spray, where the bird can be softly splashed, is typically preferred because direct water pressure from the shower head may frighten or even damage your bird's feathers. Some smaller birds, like finches and canaries, will moisten themselves on the recently washed plants, such carrot tops or leafy greens.
You might also lightly sprinkle your bird with a clean spray bottle, like a plant mister, to make it rain. Your bird will dance wildly with its wings spread and tail fanning out.
If the water in your community is chlorinated, give your bird bottled water to bathe in instead.
Birds SHOULD NOT be bathed in commercial bathing solutions that contain chemicals, soaps, or other substances.
Birds swallow whatever is on their feathers when they preen, thus birds should only be misted with water to prevent unwanted consumption of chemicals.
Do I need to dry my bird?
Most birds feel comfortable drying out and preening in a sunlit, warm, draft-free space without any help. Some birds prefer to be dried with a soft, warm hair dryer, but extreme caution must be exercised to prevent overheating the bird. If your bird is afraid of the drier, do not force it to be dried in this manner.
Once your bird has had a thorough bath, it is important to dry them off properly. The best way to do this is to first use a soft towel to gently pat the bird dry. Be sure to dry all of the crevices and wings of the bird as best you can. Once the majority of the water is gone, it is best to move your pet to a warm and sunny room that is free of drafts.
Finally, you can finish drying your pet with a soft, warm hair dryer. Again, be sure to be gentle when using the dryer and make sure not to aim it directly at the bird. Keep the dryer moving around the bird and at a distance so that it does not cause discomfort. This should help your bird's feathers become nice and fluffy. Once they are mostly dry, you can let your bird go back to its favorite spot in the house.
Author: Monika Sangar
Co-founder of Prego Dalliance Sanctuary, Artisan of PDS Parrot Shop
Editor: Judith L. Knapp
PDS Blog presented by PDS Parrot Shop
Monika Sangar, the co-founder of Prego Dalliance Sanctuary, a 501c3 non-profit organization, uses these blogs to share her hands-on experience with parrots.
She is a designer and artisan at PDS Parrot Shop, and her craft can be viewed below. (click on logo)
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