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LuzrovRulay 08-23-2017 10:33 PM

Vaccum = Clean?
My dad has a pionus and he's one of the silliest little birds I've ever seen. I think his wings may have been cut too short as a little one because his balance is awful, but he's active and friendly without being insanely loud.

However, one sort of comical habit I've noticed is that whenever we vacuum... he takes a bath. Just tries to force his chubby self into his water dish (a little small for his entire body) and starts throwing water all over himself and bathing.

I know this isn't a particularly bad thing, but I was wondering if anyone else's pionus did this? It's both hilarious and adorable.

SilverSage 08-23-2017 10:39 PM

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Lots of birds do this :) most convincing theory I've heard so far is that the vibrations mimic a storm and excite bathing instincts :)

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Inger 08-24-2017 12:32 AM

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Bumble chirps her fool head off when I vacuum. My theory? The first time I vacuumed after I got her, the dogs were here. One of them goes nuts every time - I think she learned from the dog that you must make as much noise as possible when the evil machine is turned on!

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itchyfeet 08-24-2017 01:06 AM

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Haha yes! My inlaws 'too and both of the IRN''s how I get them to take baths!!!

(still can't get them out of the water bowl though...)

Scott 08-26-2017 09:34 AM

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Absolutely! Mine either begin to bathe or chatter loudly to drown out the noise!

wrench13 08-26-2017 09:44 AM

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Nope, Salty just cocks his head and looks at it. For him, a few schritzes with the water bottle, and he will run in and take a bath in his water bowl. Like most, I cant get him to use other stuff for bathing. Good thing i got the largest dia water bowl available when I set his cage up.

clark_conure 08-26-2017 09:45 AM

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I just have to present water, take a shower, be near a sink and he's already wet.....

MosaicMadness 08-27-2017 11:52 AM

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YES, vacuum means "cue the bath" :)

LuzrovRulay 09-15-2017 08:59 PM

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It's always funny to hear stories about birds who do and don't react like this. Timcanpy is a bit of a weirdo and starts singing whenever the vacuum is on. Moles the Pionus bathes, Joey just stares at it like it's offended his mother, and then Maple... hops. She hops around the cage in a circle. It's bizarre, but always fun to hear about.

AmyMyBlueFront 11-10-2017 03:56 PM

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Smokey wouldn't bathe,but she would run around on her roof top,yelling at it and trying to lean over and bite whatever part she could if I got too close to her.


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