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Bathing

Bathing is a healthy bird behavior.

By Liz Wilson, CVT, CPBC

DESCRIPTION OF BATHING BEHAVIOR

The act of getting feathers wet entails a variety of methods. Some birds dunk their heads in their water bowls, letting water roll down their backs. Others dunk their entire bodies in larger tubs, or happily bathe under running water in the sink. Some birds prefer a spray bath using a gentle plant mister. Still others roll around in wet leafy plants like lettuce (leaf bathing). Bathing is a very healthy behavior.

SIGNS OF BATHING BEHAVIOR

Water splashing all over, sometimes at an extraordinary distance from the bird itself.

WHAT TO DO

Dry the cage, floors and walls when the bird has finished bathing.

Disclaimer: BirdChannel.com’s Bird Behavior Index is intended for educational purposes only. It is not meant to replace the expertise and experience of a professional veterinarian. Do not use the information presented here to make decisions about your bird’s health if you suspect your pet is sick. If your pet is showing signs of illness or you notice changes in your bird’s behavior, take your pet to the nearest veterinarian or an emergency pet clinic as soon as possible.


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Yes, it's a very healthy behavior for the bird, but it wasn't so healthy for my computer. I made the mistake of putting my MacBook Air near the cage. Well, Chiclet (my Lorie) decided to take a bath. My MacBook Air is now a MacBook Water. I tried to turn it on and I heard some sort of electrical buzzing and then saw smoke. Yay.
Alvin, Crappenschnitzel
Posted: 1/21/2014 1:33:42 PM
Yes, it's a very healthy behavior for the bird, but it wasn't so healthy for my computer. I made the mistake of putting my MacBook Air near the cage. Well, Chiclet (my Lorie) decided to take a bath. My MacBook Air is now a MacBook Water. I tried to turn it on and I heard some sort of electrical buzzing and then saw smoke. Yay.
Alvin, Crappenschnitzel
Posted: 1/21/2014 1:31:38 PM
Fits the pattern of what my bird does. Dunks her head completely under the water, dips her wings in individually, gets soaked and sooo wet, and ends up looking like a punk rocker.
She loves to bathe, and does it almost daily.
She is a 1 yr old parrotlet.
janet, henderson, NV
Posted: 1/9/2013 5:47:32 PM
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