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Old 06-15-2012, 08:24 PM
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Bird water bottle

Can my grey be trained to use this?http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...0&pcatid=22110

I'm going on two vacations in the next 8 months and this would be soooooo much easier for the person who is taking care of pearl to use.Im paranoid about washing my hands before touching her bowls and this would take some stress off.Any advice?
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:00 PM
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Re: Bird water bottle

Our amazons drink from a bottle. When we got them that's actually all they had, now they get to choose between the bottle and a dish but we do still use the bottle. Just hang the bottle above the water bowl and eventually he should get curious and play with the nozzle and then he'll realize that water comes out when he licks it. It may sound crazy but I even bottle trained an iguana, I just misted the end with a spray bottle so that she licked it, it only took a few minutes until she realized that water came out.

Just make sure that if you solely use a water bottle that you check it regularly to make sure it's flowing properly, I've had some of the cheaper rodent style ones jam so that no water came out. You also want to be sure to clean it regularly so no bacteria starts to grow inside the bottle which could make your bird sick.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:05 PM
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Re: Bird water bottle

Okay thanksThat's my big fear that it'll get clogged or something and her dehydrate.Thanks for the help I found a nice one from MSBS.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:10 PM
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Re: Bird water bottle

Good quality ones, like I'm sure you'd get from MSBS, don't seem to clog as long as you keep them clean. I've only ever had the cheaper plastic ones clog and that was when I was using them for rats and I'm sure the dust from the bedding and stuff contributed to that. You could also try one of those silo type waterers as well. I don't know if I've ever seen them for larger birds but I'm sure someone makes them.
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Old 06-15-2012, 09:13 PM
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Re: Bird water bottle

Ok I'll look into that.The one from MSBS is specifically for birds but I'll look around.Could I soak the bottle and nozzle in a vinegar and water solution every week to clean it?
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