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Old 11-30-2015, 11:05 AM
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Charlie Boy's Bath.

Hey Conure fans,

Today Charlie gave himself a bath! (I did fill his tub)

You may think it's a little mundane to shout about but sadly Charlie is a rescue and has many complicated issues both medically and behavioural.

His last keepers found him to big and scary to deal with whilst having quite a formidable attitude and set of weapons to match.

This meant from day one with them he was rounded up with a garden squirter bottle of water whenever he was somewhere they didnt like or to get him in his cage.As you can imagine after nearly 12 mths he was completely scared of water.

Once here he would drink only from tiny budgie cups if he didnt throw them and bath time was torture for him to even be near so for 4 mths he didn't have one at all although one was always out.Then one day he jumped down by the sink with the cold tap on and took a quick sip at which point he ran around with his funny massive feet and let out the loudest Patti screams of excitement I've ever heard going back and forth drinking a little each time.

From that point his water relationship has improved slowly and has built up until today when I filled his tub turned around and then splash he was in.He has a good sized wingspan that once up to "flap speed" can shift large amounts of water as you can see.

*I'm not 100% happy with him using the kitchen sink for hygiene but it's where he sees my whole family safely interact with water and feels reassured by that I think but will now introduce him to other sources of water around the house and build up to using a large stand alone bath like my other birds.

Here you go Charlie in the bath--



And after!---



***Added a dried out shot-

When you first see a Patti they can look a little dull up against others but the beauty of it's colourings are like a secret side you only get to see if they let you get close enough.They must have 8-10 different shades and colours under their wings and tums that I marvel at every time he stretches out or does a full speed fly by which is an amazing sight to see with his big pink feet grazing your head!

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Old 11-30-2015, 12:25 PM
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Re: Charlie Boy's Bath.

Yayyyy, Charlie! That's wonderful progress and it looks like Charlie is going to be very fond of water sports! Those photos are priceless. Thank you for sharing!
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Re: Charlie Boy's Bath.

How wonderful! What great rehabilitation you have done with poor Charlie! He is beautiful.

Our GCC Babybird likes to take a bath in the kitchen sink sometimes too - I ended up getting her her own "birdie sponge" that I keep near the sink and if she wants a bath in there I rush and scrub it with her clean sponge. Can't seem to get her to bathe in a bath bowl...she always wants the water to be running! There's nothing like a soaking wet happy bird rubbing off all over you!
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Congrats to you and Charlie. Sometimes it's like climbing a mountain, but isn't the view great?
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Re: Charlie Boy's Bath.

It's so nice to see a Patagonian on here. I'm a huge admirer! But definitely an "if I were single" kind of bird for me (partner wouldn't be able to take the noise). Charlie is really a Remarkable bird. Please keep the pics coming!
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Re: Charlie Boy's Bath.

Quote: Originally Posted by 2BadBadger View Post

This meant from day one with them he was rounded up with a garden squirter bottle of water whenever he was somewhere they didnt like or to get him in his cage.As you can imagine after nearly 12 mths he was completely scared of water.
That makes me sick. What is wrong with some people? Poor Charlie!

He sure looks like a happy bird now, though!
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