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Old 04-18-2019, 03:01 PM
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Shower vs Bath?

It is my understanding that water helps my juvenile conure through the molting process, especially with the 1st molt as that is the biggest one. So I have been putting her in the sink and giving her a shower. She seems to like it as she never moves when the water is on her. I assumed that if she didn't like it, she would try to escape.

Then I noticed most conure videos have the bird jumping around and splashing in a bowl of water. I now wonder if my bird is frightened and just freezes until the water stops.

Maybe I should switch to just letting her bathe herself in her water bowl although that seems to be too small of an area for a proper bath.

Is there such a thing as too many baths?

I am probably overthinking this as usual.
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Old 04-18-2019, 03:56 PM
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Re: Shower vs Bath?

tracking because ive always wondered this too.. I see mixed things online and would like to know the truth behind it.
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Old 04-18-2019, 04:34 PM
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Re: Shower vs Bath?

Conures are 'water babies' in that they LOVE water. They are also VERY expressive, so if they don't like something, they'll have ZERO problem letting you know it! LOL.

That being said, there are times where bathing is NOT such a good idea: when they are sick, at night or when the temps are too cold.

I actually found out about the water thing when I caught Skittles bathing in his water dish. That should never be encouraged. Their water dish should only be for drinking and should be kept clean and fresh. Another time I caught him bathing in a glass of orange juice, which at the time was hilarious- I guess he figured he didn't have enough orange? lol.

What I have is a 9x9 glass casserole dish that I fill with water to just a bit below the top (about 1 3/4") and Skittles will 'splash around' in it, like you've mentioned. When he wants a bath, he will fly onto the sink faucet, ruffle his feathers and sneeze. Its adorable. He also 'tests' the water to make sure its the 'right temp' and won't go in until it is. No spoiling him, no not at all. lol.

I happened to notice that he will often try to get the sides of his head and the back wet while bathing and often ends up sneezing after (likely to expel water). So what I did was I got a small spray bottle and filled it with water and tried spraying him. He didn't resist.

So the next time he bathed, when he was done wetting the areas he could access, I signaled him to come out and fly over to his playstand. Then I 'covered' his eyes and nose etc with the cup of my hand and I sprayed him. He just leaned forward and closed his eyes while I did it. When he was satisfied, he'd just perk right up and fly off. So thats now our bathing technique.
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Re: Shower vs Bath?

I tried bringing my tiel to the sink but he was terrified of the running water!

Now he gets spray bottle mist baths and loves them...same with my other male.

My female tolerates spray bottles but likes to dunk herself in her water dish daily, but it only seems to get her lower half wet so I help her with the spray bottle to get the top.
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Re: Shower vs Bath?

Cockatiels actually benefit more from spray showers than from baths. Cockatiels have down coat which makes their feathers so soft (like petting 'air') and its actually very good for them to have those 'mists'. ESPECIALLY steam mists since tiels are dusty birds and also are known to get respiratory infections.
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Re: Shower vs Bath?

Like Skitty's Daddy already mentioned, my cockatiels used to love misting.
Remi, my GCC, on the other hand loves bathing in his water dish, silly guy. I also take him in the shower in the morning and he seems to enjoy that too.
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Re: Shower vs Bath?

You don't want to do a full bath too often (once a day or so is fine if it isn't cold or at night), but you don't want to over-do it, as it can dry them out. A full bath everyday is A LOT by most people's standards (but some birds do shower very often). That having been said, some birds bathe very infrequently in the wild.

If your bird is totally wet down to the skin, it's very important to keep the house very warm (like 80+ degrees F) until they dry off some...Think about how cold it feels getting out of a cool shower and stepping into a 72 degree home (even though that temp wouldn't normally feel cold). They can't regulate body temperature like we do, so being cold can cause a lot of stress on their systems.

Side note- in adult birds, too much misting can trigger hormones, but misting and full baths aren't the same thing (even though you shouldn't do either at night or if there are drafts etc).

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Re: Shower vs Bath?

OK, this is what I wanted to hear. Noodles wrote "it can dry them out." What is happening here and is there a way for me to notice it?
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Re: Shower vs Bath?

QUOTE=noodles "in adult birds, too much misting can trigger hormones"


Hi Noodles,


Following this thread as Ellie has only ever been 'mist' sprayed with fresh water in the summer and fresh aloe gel/water in the fall and winter when we start using the wood stoves...we aim for mist baths every other day...



Referencing my original thread obtaining advice re Ellie laying her first egg (now has had three, one every third day despite the changes we've implemented), one thing unchanged is that we have still given her mist baths as usual.



Should we stop the mist baths completely until she stops laying? Could the mist baths be a potential trigger for the continued egg laying? Hoping she will not have a fourth egg due tomorrow if 3rd day pattern being followed. Will hold off on her mist bath today until advised otherwise...


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Re: Shower vs Bath?

All I know is that frequent misting in some hormonal birds can simulate spring rains (and therefore, hormones). It is hard to say, but assuming you have tried everything else, you might cut back for a few weeks and see.
In the meantime, no shadowy places, pillows, blankets, boxes, tents, under clothes/furniture/bedding etc... (huge triggers)
No warm/mushy foods.
No grass-type shred toys.
No petting anywhere other than the head.
If an egg is laid, leave it there until the bird loses interest.
Make sure your bird is getting plenty of exercise and interaction.
Ignore and redirect anything sexual (no cuddles).
Make sure your bird is getting 10-14 hours of dark, quiet sleep.
Make sure they get a balance of sunlight and darkness (too much sun can cause hormones to rage and too little can cause other problems).

I hope that helps!

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