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Old 10-26-2012, 03:09 PM
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Unexpected Baths

Today, Emmy, decided her water bowl was a bird bath and climbed completely in her bowl and hung out for a second and then climbed out of her bowl. Needless to say, she was absolutely drenched.

She immediately freaked out and started shivering. I took her to a dark room and cuddled her in a towel for about 30 minutes to keep her warm. Then, without seeing another option, I used a hair-dryer set on low to dry her completely out.

2 questions: how do you all keep your bird from doing this? This is the second time she has literally crawled into her bath water and sat there in it. She doesn't get the bathing thing.

Second, how do you dry your birds?

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Old 10-26-2012, 03:15 PM
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Re: Unexpected Baths

LOL

We have a African brown head parrot, about the same size as a conure.
She does this too!!
I'm not sure there is a way to stop it, we get out the mister with luke warm water and let her continue her bath.
Now she hates being made to take a shower or bath when she doesn't want to, but if she decides it's time then we have a 20 minute shower.

After that we turn up the heat so it's warm, we have a gas fireplace in our living room so she basks in that heat too.

Baths are really good for their feathers and help in preening.
After that she is all happy and chirps, whistles and talks up a storm then proceeds to eating and then a good nap LOL
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Old 10-26-2012, 03:25 PM
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Re: Unexpected Baths

Our two conures looove taking a bath. We got a galss pie plate for them to use when they are out of their cage. They have so much fun it it, they can really drench everything around them. We bought two water dishes for their cage since they still ike to bathe in their cage too. Like SandyBee said it is good for them, so it is better to just let them do it and make it a good thing by giving them a better place to splash aroun in. Happy birds!
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Re: Unexpected Baths

At least yours likes bathing..mine just likes to stick his beak in the water..doesn't seem to want to get wet.
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Old 10-26-2012, 09:21 PM
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Re: Unexpected Baths

Not sure why you want to keep your bird from bathing? They need this for their feathers and I do believe there is also some soul satisfaction Here. Bathing is important to birds and yours is telling you she wants one. If you don't want her in the water dish give her a bowl to bath in and go ahead and dry her afterwards if she needs it.
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Old 10-27-2012, 02:42 AM
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Re: Unexpected Baths

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Not sure why you want to keep your bird from bathing?
I'm not against her bathing. I would like it to be more controlled so I can make sure it's safe. Also, with winter around the corner, I want to make sure she gets dry instead of being wet and cold.

How do people dry their birds on cold days?
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:56 AM
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Re: Unexpected Baths

Our little Quaker used to have a bath in her water dish if she didn't get a bath when she wanted. I'm sure she had them when we weren't around, but it never caused a problem. I put Sunny in a warm place to air dry and add a heater on a cold day if necessary. I have also used a hair dryer, but prefer to let her preen her feathers and dry herself. She seems to enjoy it.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:43 PM
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Re: Unexpected Baths

Just keep the room nice and warm, also when they appear to be shivering I have read and been told that is just their way of letting more air into their feathers to help them dry
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Re: Unexpected Baths

I keep the main floor of our house at 72 for Mango. He showers with us and completely soaks himself. At first he wouldnt bath at all, so we tried the shower and now we cant shower without him. He screams bloody murder and jumps off his cage and heads for the bathroom. I was worried about him being so wet and showering too often so I asked the vet. She said that birds can bath daily and completely soak themselves regularly without any adverse effects. She did say however that if he soaks himself regularly to make sure to keep the heat on in the house and not to let it fall below 68. Before we hop in the shower (this is loads of fun your bird might enjoy it, they make shower perches just for this) we turn the heat up to 75. Afterward I carefully dab up any water beads with a towel (he hates this), and when I blow dry my hair I take Mango with me. I dont blow him directly, but he loves to watch and talk to himself in the mirror. The room warms up because of the blow dryer and he preens and fluffs himself (birds like flock activities and grooming is a good thing to do together, just make sure there isnt harsh cleaners or products that could make your birdy sick). It doesnt take long for the inside of his feathers (the part close to his body, probably has a proper name but I dont know it) to dry even though the tips and the top of his head stays wet. I then take him back to his cage and he proceeds to fight with all his toys (feeling full of himself) and then takes a big nap. When he wakes he grooms himself for a good hour. I have yet to see him shiver and I dont actively dry him.
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Old 10-27-2012, 01:41 PM
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Re: Unexpected Baths

When you shower with your bird do you use your bathing products as usual? I've wondered about this and if the fumes would make them sick or affect them.

I think Emmy would enjoy showering being a "flock" event.
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