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    How to Give Your Parrot a Bath

    ArticleParrot AdviceFriday 03 June 2011
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     Parrots for sale make excellent pets, however, they do need a certain amount of upkeep along with the enjoyment of their company. Parrots need to be bathed about twice a week ideally to stop poor hygiene which can lead to illnesses or depression in your bird. A parrot’s response to bathtime usually depends on its individual personality so make sure you are patient as it could take a few weeks or even months to get your new pet bird accustomed to the process.


    Let your parrot watch you shower by perching on the shower rail. Humidity from the shower is healthy for parrots, as it helps them to maintain healthy feathers and skin.By watching you have a shower your parrot will see that it is a pleasant activity and not anything to get worried about.
     

    When you think your parrot is ready to have a shower, set it to a misty setting. The water temperature should always be lukewarm, never hot or cold. Never ever use soap or shampoo – just water will suffice.


    Set your parrot's shower or bath up on your kitchen sink. Kitchen sink sprayers, set to mist, can be used effectively for bird showers. Mist your parrot carefully, slowly and playfully, giving the parrot time to play in the water. Showers should be a fun experience for your pet parrot. Never spray water into the parrot's nostrils.

    If you think your parrot would prefer a bath to a shower, pour a small amount of lukewarm water into a small bowl and use a measuring cup to gently pour water on your parrot’s feathers. Dry your parrot by using a soft hand towel to lightly dry excess water or by letting the feathers air dry, but never use a hairdryer.

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