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Old 05-16-2018, 11:17 PM
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Re: My Amazon Won't Bathe?

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We used to put Taco in the bathtub, turn the shower on lukewarm, on the lowest pressure setting, and let the "rain" fall. He had the choice of going under the water, or stepping out of the way when he had enough. He had more control over the bath in that regard.
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Re: My Amazon Won't Bathe?

You could try providing bathing opportunities in different ways. Here's some ideas!
  • Try luke-warm water
  • Try cold water
  • Try ice-cold water
  • Try a spray bottle
  • Try a plant mister
  • Try in the sink with the water running or just some water in the bottom
  • Try in the sink with the sprayer
  • Try in the tub with some water in the bottom
  • Try a casserole dish or similar with some water
  • Try the dish with ice
  • Try the dish with foot toys
  • Try the dish with some small rocks or pebbles
  • Try the dish with some leafy greens like endive or other types of lettuces that may create a "natural" bowl
  • Try the dish with a vacuum cleaner running
  • Try in the shower with you - watching you having a blast getting wet!
  • Try dancing the bird into the shower with the water already going
  • Try spritzing yourself, and have fun doing it! Then spritz the bird
  • Try outside in an empty cage large enough to spread wings during a nice rain shower
  • Try outside in an empty cage using the hose with a mist/shower attachment
  • Try playing videos of other birds bathing


Don't hate on any methods until you've tried them! Birds are weird!
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Old 05-17-2018, 11:11 AM
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Re: My Amazon Won't Bathe?

Quote: Originally Posted by SailBoat View Post
The vast majority of Humans haven't a clue how to mist a Parrot. Note that I did not say spray!

After the bottle has slowly found it way in your Parrots area. Start by misting up into the air above your Parrot. The goal is to allow the mist to rise in the air above your Parrot and then fall softy upon the top of your parrot.

Never, never mist directly at your Parrot and even more importantly, NEVER mist them in the face.

As your Parrot builds a comfort in being misted is fun and not a punishment, you will begin to see them get into it by lifting their Wings, spreading their Tail Feathers. Now is the time to mist those areas directly. Once a trust is built, showering is the next step.

NOTE: A thick, heavy glass pie dish is prefect for an Amazon. Like most things, it needs to find its way slowing into the Amazon's World. When comfortable with it around add water. Understand it can be weeks and months before your Amazon will ever show any interest in it. That said, when they do, expect everything around it to also get a bath.

Enjoy, Time Is On You Side! Stop Rushing!

Travel at the comfort speed of your Amazon!
Absolutely agree, a fine mist from above is the gateway to enjoying water! Also, Bingo is with you just one week or so. Still assessing his new home and people!
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