How to Dry a Bird
It is important to give your bird a bath on a regular basis, especially larger birds such as parrots during the summer months. So much so that you should bathe parrots daily in the summer and twice a week during the winter. A bird bath removes any dry skin, dander and dead feathers much more efficiently than grooming does. Bathing also helps new feathers to settle in more comfortably. It is important dry a bird after a bath and this guide outlines the ways to do so. %%AFC-ADVERT%%
Dry a Bird after a Bath
- One of the best ways to dry a bird is to let it air dry. Most birds can dry themselves perfectly adequately by shaking and puffing out their feathers. If you choose to dry a bird in this method, make sure that he is placed in a warm room.
- Using a towel can be a good way to dry a bird but can also prove tricky as birds often get scared when they see a towel coming towards them as this is the main way to safely clip a bird’s nails. If your bird does allow your to dry him like this after a bird bath, use the towel gently and go in the direction of the feathers.
- Another effective way to dry a bird is to use a blow dryer. You do need to be careful with this method however. The blow dryer needs to be on its lowest settings and should be held at least an arms length from the bird and not pointed directly at it. Use a sweeping motion to dry the bird in the most effective and kindest possible way.
- An expensive, although very effective way to dry a bird after a bird bath is to buy a few infrared heat panels. These panels attach to the cage and provide a good and safe source of heat to dry the bird.
- In the summer, you can sit your bird outside in the sun. It is a very good way to dry a bird and it will enjoy sitting out in the sun. You won’t have to worry about the bird getting cold as the sun will dry him out.
Tips & Advice
- Some birds prefer the use of a spray bottle rather than a proper bird bath. This can be a good way of cleaning a bird because it means you don’t have to worry about drying such a wet bird. Make sure the water is completely clean and there are no residual chemicals in the bottle.
- If you decide to dry the bird in the sun, make sure he has plenty of water and make sure that he is tethered so that he can’t flay away. Never leave a bird alone in the sun and watch for signs that he is getting too hot.
- Never give a bird a bath just before he settles down for the night or he will go to sleep with wet feathers.