How to Bathe a Bird | Pet Bird

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Dr. Laurie: So birds really should bath every day. Remember, when they’re out in the wild, they’re getting rained on and it’s really important to keep their feathers and their skin healthy that they get wet. This can be a problem for most birds that live inside, because obviously they’re not getting access to the rain, and unless we actually give them water they’re not going to get wet.

Feathers are actually waterproof, so many birds are great in that they’ll just jump into their own water bowls and bathe. That makes it really easy for an owner to make sure that they get bathed and kept low dust every day. But some birds are not so simple. Some birds don’t like to get in the water. So what do we do with them, Sarah?

Sarah: A lot of owners have either a spray bottle outside the cage that the birds actually really enjoy. You can just spray a fine mist over the birdcage and let it fall down on the birds and they seem to really enjoy it. It’s more like a natural rainfall and they’ll bathe.

The other possibility is that there are suction cup perches that you can bring into the shower with you and a lot of birds actually love it. They love the humidity. They love the mist and they really enjoy themselves. It can actually be a nice bonding experience too, to bring your bird into the shower with you.

Dr. Laurie: Absolutely, my bird loves to go in the shower every day, my cockatoo. It can be a little intimidating at first. A bird doesn’t really understand what a shower is. So if you get one of those suction cup perches you can actually start with the suction cup outside on the tile wall. Before you put it into the back of the tub or the shower and move the suction cup perch over gradually, just a few inches a day over a period of time, until the bird is comfortable.

Even getting the humidity in the shower is very, very important and it’s very, very important to keep them sleek and healthy and dust free. So encourage your bird to bathe, but if the bird doesn’t bathe on his own, there are certainty things you can do at home to make it much easier for him to stay healthy.

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13 Responses

  1. Parrot PA!D
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    I was thinking of getting one of those for my bird but I am worried the suction cup will not work.

  2. Kelly Anderson
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    I let my birds take their own baths and when they don't putting them in the sink and spraying them works..

  3. SeanFoxy
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    I have one simple budgie and two difficult budgies-

  4. Farting Unicorn
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    I have 2 budgies one loves bathes OTHER LITTERLY HATES BATHING

  5. -TyPlaysForLife -
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    Help me , im stuck with the question that it's pretty cold here and its winter and if my parrot (which means my life to me) but he would be so cold so what do i do? Bath with medium temperature or just not or…?

  6. Zehra Derin
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    My bird is scared of Water.. That makes it hard to wash

  7. xA&Mx xoxo
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    My birds absolutely hate baths, it's like my house is cursed or something literally all my animals hate baths

  8. Nodir Nigmonov
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    "Suction-cup perches" 😏

  9. Lover's fire
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    Please only use FILTERED water for a pet's drinking, as well as bathing….their bodies are not as equipped as ours are for those chemicals!!!

  10. Diddy PancakesYT
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    1:32 that bird is jamin!!

  11. Mousa Abbas
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    Me: 5 mil subs
    Me again: oh 737 likes

  12. Cannon SWE
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    What sud the temperatur be?

  13. sunny sim
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    And you didn't even give a demonstration!

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