How to Mist Your Bird
One of the best bird care habits to develop is daily misting or bathing. Yes, birds need baths even in the winter, too. Don't worry that your bird will get chilled unless it is sick or left in a drafty location And, even if your bird is bald, it needs to take a bath for healthy skin.
Birds can be taught to enjoy misting.
Consider this. Your bird is actually from a tropical location where, in the wild, they get rained on throughout the day. Their skin and feathers rely on daily showers to stay clean and supple.
Those showers have several benefits:
- Showers cleanse the feathers and skin allowing for preening to be safe and effective
- Showers moisturize the skin, a must our dry, climate controlled homes.
- Showers soften the keratin feather sheath for more comfortable molts
- A good spritz actually encourages healthy preening as your bird has to work each feather to get all of the barbs aligned properly.
The bottom line is that misting your bird has many benefits.
BRING A RAINFOREST MIST BATH INTO YOUR
PARROT BATHING TIPS
#1: CHOOSING THE MISTER BOTTLE: You'll definitely want to use a quality bottle with a mist function. If you wish to use tap water, make sure to use a brand new spray bottle that has never been filled with chemicals. A continuous pump-style spray bottle may be helpful for some birds. These are a must if you have arthritis in your hands.
#2: CONVINCING YOUR BIRD: Some birds are resistant to being sprayed, but it's easy to train them to look forward to the daily spritz! If your bird has been sprayed as punishment in the past, you'll have to double down on your "fun factor" efforts. Either way, grab your clicker and treats, and let's get started!
In no time, you'll have developed an essential parrot husbandry habit that is goof for your bird, good for your own respiratory health and minimizes dander in the home.
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