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Old 02-17-2008, 12:33 AM
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bath time?

okay so i got Arcee a shower perch, and she loves it. she likes taking baths and sitting in the shower......
but how warm should the water be, or should it be warm at all? how can i make her bath time more enjoyable? how often should she get a bath?
and btw, i found this bath spray for her that deodorizes, but on the back it says it gets the cigarette smoke out of their feathers.....
i thought cigarette smoke could kill them?? shouldnt it warn against smoking around your bird?
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Old 02-17-2008, 08:13 AM
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Re: bath time?

Right now, Hamlet is going through a major moult (poor girl looks like a porcupine) she is getting a complete soaking daily to help with pin feathers ... Mac, well, Mac takes a bath every three days or so in his water dish, and gets a light misting everyday in the shower ... Mine go into the shower everyday with me, and even if they don't get wet, the steam is good for their skin.

As for the temperature, I just usually set the temp to how I like it and if they want to get wet, well the mist is cool and if Hamlet is getting soaked I turn it down to luke warm ... you might want to let Arcee decide on how warm she wants ... Hamlet likes to bathe in warm water, Mac in ice cold ... As long as the water is warm (not like hot-hot, but warm) then she should be fine.
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Re: bath time?

Cigarette smoke in the feathers?! Yes smoke can kill them quite easily, in fact anything that has a odor or "fragrance" has potential to be quite dangerous to them. Compared to the rest of the animal kingdom our noses hardly function, if we can smell it there is quite a bit of it in the air. Avian lungs (which are very different from ours) can't handle much.

So no smoke around the birds. Personally I've never heard of spraying birds with anything but water. This may be my ignorance on the subject, but I'd look closely at anything other than water that gets misted or sprayed around her.

Unfortunately there are many companies that market products for pets that are in fact very dangerous for them. Again this may be my ignorance on bird bathing as what you have for her may be great, but ask around.

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Re: bath time?

By the way, I've got Auggie down to a pack a day....

But me, I'm still addicted to my image editor.
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Re: bath time?

I have used Natra-pet's Bird bath since 1990, sometimes every day during the show season and I like it quite a bit, but I usually dilute it at least halfway. For cockatoos I dilute it to two parts water to one part bird bath.
I don't think that it says anything about ciggarette smoke anywhere on the bottle.
When you think about birds breathing keep in mind that unlike us who breathe in a breath and then breathe out the same breath, birds breathe in a breath and then breathe in three more breathes before exhaling that first breath. I hope I wrote that clearly. A bird cyclet air all throughout its body via airsacs. So anything in the air permeates their entire body so to speak.
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Re: bath time?

ha ha well don't let Auggie try the "sauce". you may never get him back! too cute. the spray i got for her is mostly water, its just got some deodorizing stuff in it. my friend has used it on her Senegal for about three years, she was the one who referred me. but I'll look into it more, you're right, i don't want to end up hurting her in the long run.
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Re: bath time?

Quote: Originally Posted by Auggie's Dad View Post
By the way, I've got Auggie down to a pack a day....

But me, I'm still addicted to my image editor.
Image editor or not, I see Auggie has found what Birdman calls "The Conure Spot" ...
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Re: bath time?

We started calling him Joey for a while.... He's part marsupial.

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Sounds like I'm over-ruled on the spray which is good to hear. I learned something new, it happens from time to time.
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Re: bath time?

and to dry her off other than a towel should i just let her air dry? i know some dryers have teflon in them, so i don't want to risk that, but she seems to shiver after were done with bath time, i don't want her to be uncomfortable.....
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... but she seems to shiver after were done with bath time, i don't want her to be uncomfortable.....
Completely normal. Birds don't shiver because they are cold, they shiver after a bath to expand down and body feathers which help them dry off faster. As long as the room is in a 'normal' temperature range then Arcee should be comfortable.

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