Did you know that your feathered friend can greatly benefit from misting?
Birds in the wild get regular showers, thanks to the rain. You might even come across birds taking a quick bath in lakes and puddles. Bathing is a part of a bird’s natural grooming routine.
But, pet birds don’t get as many baths as they should.
We should change that, shouldn’t we?
Bird sprays are popular as an important first line of defense against feather plucking, molting support, and itching. They're often the first and most affordable defense line at the first sign a plucking problem.
Everyone wants their bird to be comfortable in its own skin and to have beautiful, healthy feathers.
So, let’s take a look at why parrots could use a misting bath!
Improved Skin Health
Since parrots are from tropical regions, they are prone to dry skin in household environments--especially if your home's air-conditioned and has central air.
Cold and dry environments lead to dry skin, itchiness, and general discomfort. Daily misting with soothing bird sprays can help to moisturize the skin and condition the feathers.
Feather Care and Support
Feathers are a parrot’s best asset--they use them for warmth, flight, mating rituals, and more. Keeping the feathers clean and in good condition is crucial, especially for powder down birds like Cockatoos, African Greys, and Cockatiels.
So, how can we help them?
You can start off by not using harsh shampoos that strip away preening oils and even exacerbate dry skin issues. Herbal mists with the proper PH and soothing ingredients support healthy skin.
If done right, a misting bird bath is bonding, comforting, and healthy for your pet. Depending on the type of spray, it can support various skin and feather ailments that may lead to plucking.
Opt for natural products with bird-safe preservatives.
So, let’s get to it. Here is how to mist your bird for best results.
Keep it Fun!
Always keep misting lighthearted and enjoyable for the bird! Some birds are fearful at first, especially re-homed birds that may have been squirted with water as a disciplinary technique.
Keep in mind that the goals of misting are to ease physical discomfort, improve skin and feather health, and not to stress your parrot out. Consider training your parrot to accept a misting bird bath. We’ll get to that below.
Misting is incredible for your bird’s feathers.
Misting sprays offer protection for different skin issues and some solutions even contain preening oils that help ensure that your bird looks magnificent.
Food allergens, dry skin, nutritional deficits, low humidity, infrequent baths, and environmental allergens all can cause your bird to feel itchy. For best results, you should use a moisturizing misting spray such as the UnRiffledRX FeatherSoft Itching Parrot Relief formula.
FeatherSoft is an herbal, oat-based spray that cleanses the skin, binds to the skin to preserve moisture, and has anti-inflammatory properties.
Abrasions and Rashes
Aloe Vera is a natural way of healing rashes and abrasions that may lead to feather plucking. Is is thought to speed wound healing by improving blood circulation through the area and preventing cell death around a wound. When a bird pulls out a feather, the follicle becomes inflamed, which can in turn make feather plucking worse. UnRuffledRX Aloe Vera Spray supports skin health and may help relieve itchy skin, remove scales, and clean the oil sacs and pores.
General Bath Spray
Often, our feathered friends don’t get as many baths as they need!
Did you know that wild birds bathe daily? Not only do baths moisturize the skin but they also cleanse feathers and promote healthy preening. Mom and dad teach their young the benefits of bathing as well as how to use their preening gland.
Your pet needs routine baths, too.
What to do!?
Daily baths can help improve feather quality. NatraPet Bird Bath Spray with Preening Oil is an excellent option because it lightly coats the skin and feathers with gentle oils that promote healthy preening. This is important for hand-reared chicks that were never taught how to use their preening gland.
Has your feathered friend been obsessed with plucking?
To divert plucking, you should go with an anti-pluck spray like the No Pick Parrot Anti Plucking Spray.
Wild birds learn to bathe daily rituals from mom and dad. However, those born and brought up in captivity might not feel the same. Some birds are even scared!
So, what can you do?
You can train your bird to enjoy it! You can and should support your pet! Here’s how you can do it.
First Things First! Choose the Right Treat!
Now, Introduce Your Bird To The Mist
If your bird has traditionally been fearful of misting, you’ll need to show her that misting is safe and fun. Make sure that the liquid that comes out of the trigger is a mist as opposed to a squirt.
Keep the mood light and playful. You may want to spray yourself and act like its incredibly soothing and fun. Show the bird the bottle and offer a treat it for tolerating the bottle in its presence several times so that your bird feels safe around the bottle.
Next, show your bird the trigger and treat for tolerating it about 6- 8” away from its body. Then, slowly introduce your bird to a gentle spray.
Now, spray the bottle and reward the bird each time that it doesn’t freak out with its favorite treat.
Finally, spray the bird and treat it. Just one spray followed with a treat. Keep it slow and ensure that your bird is tolerating the spray.
Keep training sessions short, about 5 minutes and always end on a good note.
Bathing a Bird: A. Light and Gentle Mist Goes a Long Way
Misting mimics rain showers and makes the bird feel safe and comfortable.
Here’s what birds enjoy:
- Some birds love to be perched on the skin while enjoying their shower
- The smaller the bird, the smaller the drops should be to make it a gentle process
- You’ll need to teach a captive bird how to engage in the right skin and feather care. You can find out more about that here
- The more control your bird has over the process, the better it will be in the long-term
Since wild birds bathe daily, you should plan to mist your bird on a daily basis, too. For general bathing, mist the feathers good, making sure to get the chest and under the wings. You don’t have to drench your bird but once a week or so. A light misting goes a long way.
If your aim is to relieve itching or heal the skin, ensure that you spray the affected area two to four times a day.
How will that work!?
You can create a schedule. It’s best to bathe your bird in the morning---try to avoid evenings as your feathered friend might get chilly at night and get sick. We recommend daily baths if:
- Your bird is itchy due to dry skin
- Has allergic reactions
- Has been excessively scratching and has rashes abrasions due to it
Misting doesn’t take a lot of time, so it can be a part of your morning routine.
Don’t worry, misting a bird isn’t rocket science.
However, there are a few things you should keep in mind when misting your feathered friend.
Avoid the Face!
Avoid the face--especially the eyes and nares.
The solution won’t harm your feathered friend but most birds don’t like getting the spray in their eyes, nose, and ears. After all, you wouldn’t want to get sprayed in the face. You should ensure that misting bath time is always a pleasant activity for the bird!
Itchy Skin? Try a Soaking Spray with FeatherSoft
Itchy skin can be irritating.
There are many reasons why your bird might be itchy--dry skin, poor nutrition, allergies, etc. are some common reasons.
What can you do to help your feathered friend?
You can opt for a soaking spray with a herbal mist that supports the skin. Soaking helps remove the dead skin cells and promotes healthy preening behavior.
Molting Parrots and Bird Bath
Molting parrots really appreciate being misted with Soothing Aloe Vera Spray. It eases the discomfort of the molting process. For one thing, the sheath of the growing feather can be brittle and uncomfortable. Moisture softens them up.
The ingrowing feather causes discomfort and possibly some inflammation as it pushes out of the follicle. Aloe Vera Spray is a good choice to support your bird.
Want to know if the product is working?
Charting the results can help keep track of that. It’ll help you ensure that the misting bird bath is working.
So, how can you do that?
For instance, you’ll know that the product is working if your bird was scratching and plucking three times a day before providing daily misting, but only once a day after misting.
- Start with a baseline. Observe your bird’s natural behavior--how many times is the plucking, scratching, chewing, or over-preening each day? How intense is the behavior
- Introduce the product. Once you’ve established the baseline, document the frequency and intensity of your pet’s behavior after using the product.
All in All Offering a Misting Bird Bath’s Should be Enjoyable
Did we go through everything you needed to know about misting bird baths?
Daily misting promotes healthy preening, moisturizes the skin, cleanses the feathers. A comfortable bird is less likely to engage in behavior problems such as plucking. Plus, it's a great time to bond with your feathered friend.