Bathing budgies is not always an easy task. If your pet has not had such an experience or is simply afraid of water, then it is important to approach the issue of bathing as responsibly as possible.
And here it does not hurt to know that bathing of a bird should occur on a voluntary basis. And if the pet starts to panic – stop the procedure. In the case when the budgerigar is afraid of water – teach her to swim slowly.
Why does the parrot not want to swim?
There may be several reasons why your pet does not want to swim. Namely:
- bad mood;
- fear of water;
It is precisely due to the fact that the winged friend did not yet have the experience of independent bathing and his unwillingness to try arises. From that the bird feels discomfort and begins to panic at the sight of water. Therefore, it is very important to properly teach the budgerigar to swim.
Preparing for a swim
Have you decided to teach your pet bird to swim? The very first thing you need to know: bathing birds should take place in the warmth.
The next factor is the temperature of the water. It can be room temperature (22-25 degrees) or a couple of “marks” above. Before bathing, check that all windows and windows are tightly closed.
No less interesting for a parrot are water procedures. There are several ways to swim budgies:
- in a special bath;
- in a deep saucer;
- under the tap in the sink;
- using a spray gun.
At first, you can teach your pet to swim in a way that is convenient for you. But when the bird gets used to the water and ceases to be afraid of it. You can easily leave the bath in its cage.
Consider all the ways of swimming in stages:
Another way to teach a budgerigar to bathe is to wash his own cage. The next time you are going to wash his house, try to take the chick along to the bathroom.
Place the cage under the shower and wash it gently. Your feathered friend should be nearby and watch. Most likely, he will fly to understand what is happening.
In this case, turn off the water and watch the bird walk on the wet cage and study drops of water. This method should rid the bird of fear forever.
The sound of water can also help. Almost everyone in the house has a decorative fountain. On the day of the planned swim, you can put it next to the pet’s cage. The peaceful murmur and the very sight of water should calm the bird and interest it.
When you teach your pet to swim, you can get the same pleasure and delight as the pet itself.
But in conclusion, remember a few more recommendations and tips:
- Add some infusion of chamomile to the bathing water. Healing broth is useful both for feathered skin and its digestive system.
- In no case do not blow dry the bird after bathing with a hairdryer. Indeed, under the feathers of a feathery, very thin and delicate skin is hidden. Also, the bird does not have sebaceous glands. In addition, the non-stick coating of some of the hair dryer elements releases fumes into the air that are deadly to parrots.
- After bathing, simply place the bird on a dry towel or a moisture-absorbing cloth. The bird itself will shake off the remnants of water, comb out itself and put in order. The only thing you can speed up the process in the cold season is to put the cage near the battery or near a desk lamp. So that the bird dried in the heat.
- Arrange water procedures, depending on how much your winged friend loves swimming. If he is not a big fan of this thing, then wash it if necessary. If the bird, on the contrary, loves to splash in the water, then by all means buy her a special tray for the cage and let it frolic as much as she wants!
- Do not forget that in the cold autumn and winter, birds bathe less often than in the warm summer and spring. Make sure that your bird does not catch a cold.
Have a nice swim and with a light steam of your favorites!