Bird Bath errr..Shower?

Written By: B.D. Butler - Jul• 02•12

A friend of mine asked me the other day, “do the birds just bathe in their bowls, or do you spray them with a water bottle?”.  The answer, is all of the above.  I had posted a video of Dexter acting like he was possessed, while bathing in his water dish.  He loves to do this, and for him it’s just a thing that he enjoys.  I don’t try to curb him of it, in fact African Grey’s are used to bathing themselves in puddles of water in the wild.  So why would I try to curb one of his wild instincts?


This video is a little shotty, I took it with an old phone I had, but you get the idea.

I have seen other videos on how other people bathe their birds, and I think that you have to find out what works best for you and your bird.  I also throw them in the shower for a good bathing once or twice a week.  At first I tried to bathe them in the bottom of the tub, and both Dexter and Cooper ran away from the water, so I ended up having to chase them with the shower head.  As you can imagine, that didn’t give them a very positive interaction with me, so I got a small shower perch.  I was not a fan of the shower perch, until I realized that I didn’t have to put it so high.  I could just lower it, and if on the off-chance that a suction cup let go, it would be really close, and wouldn’t hurt them.  I also like the idea of having them a bit higher, so I can get to their under side with the handheld nozzle.


This video is much better!  It helps when you have video software.
So however you figure out what will work in your house, it’s not necessarily how you get it done, just as long as it does.

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