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    How To Bathe Your Pet Bird

    ArticleBird AdviceMonday 28 February 2011
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    Pet birds need to be bathed at least once a week for some breeds. Here’s the best way to do it.

     Make sure you use fresh, clean water. You shouldn’t use anything other than water – for example, soap is a no-go, as this can deplete the natural oils in a bird’s skin, leading to unhealthy feathers and even an infection.

     Test the water before bathing your bird. Water that is too hot or too cold will be uncomfortable for your bird – and you don’t want to scald it. Make sure the water is warm, and close to their body temperature. If the water feels good for your bird it will look forward to bathtime in the future – otherwise, they will associate bathtime with unpleasant experiences and try to avoid it.

     Bath your bird during the middle day in a warm part of the house. When your bird is wet it can easily catch a cold or an infection, and so should be dried as quickly as possible by being kept in a warm environment.

     Don’t use too much water.

     Some birds simply need mist from a bottle of water.

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