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Date:9/23/2014 3:25:43 AM
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Hi Alex Marie!(Monkey!) Your Mommy told me you don't like showers. To tell you the truth, my 3 Greys don't like them either. The 2 Timnehs will allow me to mist them begrudgingly, but I try to make it fun for them. I put them on a contained, stylized perch/gym without toys/food bowls and prepare them by letting them know they are taking a "shower!" Making it sound like so much fun!!! A super-fine mist lightly falling from above them seems to be the best method for Micky and Mozart. I can do this until they are completely wet. Growling Gretta, the Congo, is more used to it and I can be more aggressive in our bathing techniques with her. The blow-dryer on a low setting is the reward for allowing me to wash off the dander and dirt from under their wings. It took some getting used to on their part, but they love it now. And then I run a dab of mineral oil on their beaks and massage each of their little feeties. I believe this process, if Monkey will go for it, will encourage her to preen and stay away from feather pulling . . . it has been a long and difficult path getting Gretta to stop plucking hers out. I also had to switch methods from being super nice and patient, to being nice and commanding . . . they just didn't have a choice in the matter, they had to have baths. And I am happy to report that none of them were traumatized by getting clean, either!!! Bird Hugs to All! Liz
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