Bathing a Bird
Cleaning birds can be easy or difficult depending on the breed. Some birds love water and others would do anything to avoid it. There are a few different ways to give a bird a bath, you can shower it, spray it with a sine mist, bathe it in the sink or introduce a container into the bird’s cage. When you wash a bird you should avoid using commercial sprays or soap. You should ask a vet before using anything commercially produced because it might damage the bird’s feathers. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
Cleaning a Bird – Starting Off
- You should begin by showing the bird the location in which it will be cleaned. You can put the container in the cage without any water inside. You can show your bird the bathroom and turn the shower on to show your bird what to expect.
- Gradually you can add water to the contained and bring the bird closer to the shower each time. Make sure you encourage your bird and praise him for staying calm.
Different Approaches to Cleaning Birds
Container – If you introduce a container into your bird’s cage make sure that it is sturdy enough not to be tipped over. Only fill the container a little way so that the bird can wash but not drown. You should always remove the container in the evening. If you notice that your bird has made a mess and the bedding is soggy then you should change the bedding as a soggy environment can lead to bacterial and fungal growth.
Sink – If you have chosen to wash a bird in the sink then you should cover the base in a rough surface so the bird doesn’t slip. Use a gentle trickle of water from the tap and watch your bird’s reactions. You might find that your bird likes a container in the sink to jump in.
Spray – To clean a bird with a spray mist you must use a clean bottle. Never use a spray bottle that has had chemicals inside it as birds are extremely sensitive. Your bird might spread its wings so that the spray can reach the inside feathers. Try to avoid spraying your bird’s head. If you spray your bird in his cage then you should change the bedding afterwards.
Cleaning Birds – Things to Consider
- When your bird wants a bath you might notice it take a dip in its drinking water.
- Use lukewarm to cool water for bathing your bird.
- You should wash a bird at a warm part of the day as they are susceptible to the cold.
- Towel dry your bird by stroking the towel in the direction of the feathers.