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Little Jakob only recently discovered that having a bath is a lot of fun. I don't leave the bathtub in her cage, but I put in next to her playground a few times a week. I used to leave it there all the time, but she's really come to love it and every time she puts her head in the water, she also drinks a bit, I guess. Anyway, the more she plays with the water, the more runny her droppings... She left one on the playground today after her bath that was surrounded by water. Should I be concerned? She didn't have a bath yesterday or the day before and everything was normal...
By the way, how often should I let her have a bath? How much does she normally need to drink? In her play area, she's a water tray she can stick her head in too, whereas in her cage she's got one of those tube things, so she doesn't play with the water in her cage.
I want to do what's best for her, but I want her to have fun too. She's a very picky eater, so it's pretty much impossible to get her to eat anything that might make up for the excess of water she's been drinking.
Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.
Some budgies just love playing with and in water - and make up for those who wouldn't step in water for anything, I guess. It looks from the picture as if your budgie can choose where and with what she wants to play, so if she chooses water, as long as she's not at risk of drowning herself, I'd say let her enjoy it. (I once had a budgie who managed to happily dove into the fish tank trying to get at the pretty colourful moving "toys" in there. No fish or birds were harmed that day, but I was nevertheless quite glad that I was standing right next to it.)
So you wouldn't worry about her drinking too much when playing in the water? She's been looking for her green tub since I took it away today. In fairness, she'd already had a bath twice, and it was not even noon
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The issue here is to disinfect the tub every time she uses it as droppings can put bacteria in the water that will multiply even if you just dump the water between uses. We use lixit bath in all of our large flight cages or walk in flights. again the issue is contamination. We use glass test tube water spouts and Lixit water bottles that have a metal spout with a ball to keep drips to a minimum and fewer exposures to microorganisms from droppings or food that can causes trouble later. We provide fresh bottled water every day in all baths and water tubes. As a precaution, When using Lixit be sure to have a back up available in case the metal ball gets stuck and the bird cannot lick it free. Use a q-tip or small brush to clean the tube and be sure it floats freely. We add ACV and other treatments to the bottled water for each flight.
Adding probiotics to water and or moist food will possibly tighten up the droppings. Our birds have unlimited access to the water bath and they line up all year to be the first to get the bath. This exposure should be monitored and changed to keep it clean.