How often should a budgie swim? Sooner or later, every owner asks himself this question. But a universal answer to it simply does not exist. Each budgie has its own needs and preferences. To maintain its plumage in good condition, the bird does not have to splash in the water. But, on the other hand, the owner is simply obliged to provide this opportunity to his birdie. So, if you notice that your parrot is trying to climb into the drinking bowl or is starting to spray water out of it, this is a signal to remember his needs!
Your budgerigar may like the traditional way to bathe in a plastic bird bath (“bath”), which is usually hung on the cage door. Pure, warm water is poured into the bathhouse (its temperature should be slightly higher than room temperature). Most birds readily begin to splash in the cage. Immediately after completing the procedure, the bathing should be removed from the cage so that the bird does not decide to drink dirty water. It is enough to hang a bathing suit once a week (more often on hot days).
To interest a parrot, try putting his favorite toy in a bathing suit – a mirror, a ball, etc. Or a favorite treat. You can try to accustom yourself gradually – first pour a little feed or a mineral mixture, sand into the bathhouse, and when the bird gets used to climbing there, pour a little water.
Water for bathing parrots, served in a large bowl, is used simultaneously for drinking. If this water is too quickly contaminated, then it must be changed at least two to three times a day or, in order to avoid too much bird disturbance, the bathing suit should be placed outside the cage.
And the owners of this parrot adapted a regular tray (cat’s tray) as a bathtub – this is where there is real space, a bird can spread its wings, its tail, and even dive under the water!
Some wavy love their owners to keep them company. To do this, you just need to be somewhere nearby, or take an active part, "splashing" (with your fingers, for example) side by side!
If your parrot ignores a bath with water, do not rush to conclude that the bird does not like to take a bath at all. Surely you have not tried other methods of bathing a budgie, but there are plenty of them!
The most popular alternative method is bathing in a wet salad or bunches of other grass (plantain, dandelion). In the natural habitat, budgerigars bathe in the grass moist from morning dew. For your bird, it is also a wonderful entertainment, and green vitamins!
Hand budgies can bathe in running water, right under the tap in the bath, sitting on the owner’s hand. But be very careful – the flow of water should not be too strong, and the water should not be hot! In addition, the situation around the bird should be as calm as possible, many birds begin to get nervous when there is some fuss.
Some bold birds enjoy swimming in drops of water right in the sink:
And finally, there is another method – "raindrops" created by spray from a conventional spray gun. Some birds happily place feathers under this impromptu shower, while others shy away in horror. If your bird belongs to the first category, remember some rules. Firstly, the water in the bottle should be as warm as possible so that when spraying it does not cause discomfort to the bird – small drops quickly cool in the air. Secondly, the sprayer should not turn water into fog, otherwise the birds inhale tiny particles of water and begin to sneeze often – quite unpleasant sensations for them! Thirdly, do not direct the spray directly at the bird, aim above the head – so that the droplets fall on it with rain. Perhaps for the first time, the bird will get worried, become loudly indignant and rush about in the cage, but this will pass, and very soon it will be waiting to be sprayed on it. And the most important rule: everything must happen voluntarily!
And finally – general recommendations.
- Never try to bathe your budgerigar forcibly. This can cause stress in the bird and permanently (if not forever) discourage her from approaching the water. In addition, by such actions you risk losing her confidence.
- Make sure that the conditions in the apartment are acceptable for swimming. Birds in nature bathe when they are hot. So the apartment should be warm enough, there should be no drafts.
- Bathing water should be at a pleasant temperature (preferably slightly warm). Pour hot water into the spray bottle so that it is warm when sprayed.
- Do not let the bird drink dirty water from the bathing place, change the water more often or (if the bird bathes rarely) clean the bath immediately after taking a bath.
- Bathing for poultry can be any, but there should be little water in it, one to three millimeters. There are many cases when birds drowned even in a small amount of water in a glass.
- Parrots, bathing, spray water, so bathing utensils should be placed as far as possible from the grain mixture. In this case, the grain will not get wet, which quickly molds from moisture and in this state is no longer suitable for feeding.