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Old 06-15-2011, 06:19 PM
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Water bottle vs. Water dish?

I want to get the opinion of everyone here on the forum as to which you prefer for your birds, the water bottle or traditional water dish. I tried searching the forum for a thread like this and didn't find one, so thought I'd ask. The reason I ask is because I recently had to take my cockatiel, Percy, in to the vet and his travel cage is equipped with a water bottle. Apparently, my vet frowns on using water bottles for birds, and she told me that it is easier for them to drink from a dish. All of my birds use bottles with no trouble. What do you guys think?
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Old 06-15-2011, 06:52 PM
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Re: Water bottle vs. Water dish?

I used a water bottle once. My guy would just shove his pellets up it, so we went back to the water bowl.
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Old 06-15-2011, 07:35 PM
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Re: Water bottle vs. Water dish?

Haha! Well, I have been using a dish with my Green cheek and she is protesting her pellets by putting them in the water. I have to constantly change her water over the course of a day, very frustrating. She's a goofy bird.
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Old 06-15-2011, 09:09 PM
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Re: Water bottle vs. Water dish?

At the suggestion of his vet, I tried a water bottle with Ralph. He absolutely hated it-- squawked at it as if it were the biggest danger in the world to parrots. He refused to drink from it, and wouldn't calm down until I took it away-- so it's the plain old water dish for Ralph. Like many parrots, Ralph is a "dunker," so that does mean changing his water several times a day. It's not a problem for me, just a part of my regular routine of caring for Ralph.


Ralph quit dropping pellets in his water when I started soaking some until they get good and mushy, and I now offer him some a few times a day. He loves 'em, and acts like he's getting a special treat.
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Old 06-16-2011, 01:06 AM
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Re: Water bottle vs. Water dish?

I prefer giving my birds fresh filtered water often and wash out their bowl on a daily basis so I'm not a bottle user. I have before but if you look in the water bottle, it gets pretty nasty, to me it's un-healthy for the birds.
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Old 06-16-2011, 11:29 AM
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Re: Water bottle vs. Water dish?

I use a water dish for both my birds, who are dunkers. I don't mind washing the dish out a few times a day. I would say dishes are probably more sanitary, because they are easier to clean that yucky film out of than a water bottle
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:21 PM
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Re: Water bottle vs. Water dish?

lol dish for nut, she's not a dunker, but i'd like to think she could bath when she wanted, plus dishes are easier to clean out
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Old 06-16-2011, 12:45 PM
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Re: Water bottle vs. Water dish?

We use dishes. Our birdies never really like the bottles and the spigots seemed difficult to keep clean. Our birdies get filtered water and we scrub their bowls minimum 1x day.

Max is a dunker so his water can get kinda gross, but not really dirty, just what we call "cows" (bits of pellet floating around). I don't know if Ruby dunks or accidentally drops a pellet now and then, but it's really not very often. Jade's water is always debris free except for a bit of feather dust now and then.
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Old 06-16-2011, 08:34 PM
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Re: Water bottle vs. Water dish?

I also use a bowl, scrubbed regularly and filled with bottled water. At one time, we had a bowl and a water bottle, but the water level never changed unless I spilled it. Oh, there was the time we had a seed sprouting in it, but I'm not sure it wasn't accidentally dropped there from above rather than while drinking. I honestly never saw Keats drink from the water bottle (it was the Silo, actually). He likes his water bowl, as he can drink from it, perch on it, or bathe in it.
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Re: Water bottle vs. Water dish?

I have to agree with the dish.. to me its easier to clean out a dish then a bottle. In addition, birds naturally dunk for a drink, just look outside after it rains. My Goffin acted like I put a cat in her cage when I introduced a bottle....LOL
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