When it comes to birds, we’re all well aware that they become very dirty in the wild. Fortunately for them, they often have rain and water puddles to take a bath in.
When you take a bird as a pet, the story changes tremendously. Not only will your pet bird still become dirty, but it becomes your responsibility to keep her clean. Let’s take a quick look at the importance of keeping your bird friend clean, as well as how to properly go about getting your pet bird as clean as possible.
Importance of Bathing Your Pet Bird
When your pet bird is kept indoors, her skin will often become dry. Because of this, bathing your pet bird is of the utmost importance. Giving a weekly bath will ensure dirt and dust are removed from your bird’s skin and feathers. In addition, a bath will help to make sure your bird’s feathers maintain their insulation properties, which is essential for your bird being able to maintain a healthy temperature.
If you think that bathing your bird is going to be a hassle, think again. Most birds don’t need any encouragement whatsoever to splash around in water. However, your pet bird’s personality will dictate his or her preference toward taking a bath.
Giving Your Pet Bird a Good Bath
You can’t fill up your bathtub with water and bubbles and expect your bird to jump in. There are bird baths that are made for pet birds – you can put them in your bird’s cage with some water, and let your bird bathe herself. Otherwise, I’ve found that the best way to give my little birdie a bath is by spritzing him with freshwater from a spray bottle. I’m fixing to look into commercial sprays, because they are well-known for having ingredients that soothe dry skin. And better yet, they are known to be great at deodorizing, and we all know that we want our little birdies to smell their best. If you do happen to give your bird a bath with commercial sprays, make sure you rinse him or her with freshwater afterwards.
As mentioned before, your bird’s personality will determine how often he or she wants to take a bath. If you find your bird often gets dirty in his or her cage, regardless of his or her bathing preferences, you need to give a bath at least two to three times a week.
When the bathing process takes place, remember that spritzing is often the best choice. If you take a hose to your little bird, the water pressure could be too strong, and this will scare your lovable companion from ever wanting to take a bath again. However, a Shower Misting Bird Bath allows you to use your shower to give your pet bird a bath, while adjusting the water setting to a comfortable level for your bird. It is also important to keep in mind that if your bird is absolutely resisting to take a bath, this could be a sign of illness.
When you get finished bathing your pet bird, you may find that he or she allows you to take part in the drying process by wrapping him or her in a towel. If not, just let your little birdie dry him or herself.