I just saw my female budgie Candy take a dip in her bath water for the first time!! Iíve had her for nine years and while I know she definitely uses the bathwater, Iíve never seen her Ďswimí before in my presence. Iím very amused but also now a bit worried since Iím afraid I made the bathwater a bit chilly. She flapped around a bit and seems drier now but would giving her too cold bathwater affect her in any way? The temperature in my house is 24 degrees Celsius or 75.2 degrees Fahrenheit right now - is that enough for her to warm up, and is there any way I can help her warm up or dry off after a cold bath?
Well, I for one use warm water and Steve would take a bath every day if I allow it. He'll splash around for a few dips and after about 1-2 minutes will fly over to a spot near my desk where he begins to preen, and at that point he'll hop over to my hand and I'll put him back in his cage to finish drying. As long as there aren't drafts in the room there should be no problem with them drying themselves. If you notice those little puffy white feathers that you see now and then, it's down that helps keep them warm and these
generally do not get wet during bathing.
My general rule is if I'm cold, the budgies are cold too. Sweetie just likes a light dipping whereas Lemon will full on drench herself every. single. time, every feather dripping (even her down!). I just make sure to keep their room a warm enough temp so when she's wet like that she'll not be cold, testing it by wetting my bare arm and standing in said room for a bit to see how cold it would be. I use cool water for their baths with greens
Make sure you’re bathing Candy in the daytime, with enough drying time before bed. You can cover the cage with a towel to avoid drafts while wet. Additionally, you can gently hold her with a small towel and manually absorb excess water to help her dry faster.