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Old 06-07-2015, 07:23 PM
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Hi!
Since getting little Daesyl, There have been a few things which I've noticed, but I'm kinda curious about.

The first is her colouring. I did a lot of research to this, i've never seen a budgie quite like her, but she's quite a pale grey, and the only actual dark patches are her beauty heart-mark and a couple of patches on the underside of her tail feathers. and the occasional line, like on her cheeks.
(her feet are hidden in the carpet but they're also a really light pink)
I'm guessing she's dilute? )



Next... She won't take baths and clean herself. (she grooms a lot, especially at the moment 'cause she's molting, but being as pale as she is, dirt shows clearly after a week or so). I've tried a dish, a dish with leaves in, just wet leaves, a spray, and even a running tap. The most she'll do is drink from the dish or walk under the water and sit there
I've even tried splashing water to show her what to do.
Nothing. At all.
It's not like she runs away from the water either. It's like she just doesn't care either way?

About a week ago, she was so grubby that I had to clean her myself. Basically she just sat there in my hand and let me wet her down a bit and stroke through her feathers to get at least some of the dirt off, and she seemed perfectly content and happy just to have me do that. and dry her, too. She puffed up for that.
I really didn't like doing that and despite how happy she seemed with it, I felt like I was forcing it on her, and I'd really rather that she'd do it herself.
I just don't know how to encourage her?


also, today my dad decided to give me a piece of cucumber to let Daesyl try. She fell in love with it and was just sat there on my hand ripping off quite big bits.
Given that Cucumber's almost completely water, and given that she likes it that much, could I use that as rewards when training? aside from it being an occasional treat?

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Old 06-07-2015, 07:50 PM
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Sounds like you are on the right track with your bird.

My birds don't bathe, at least not when I am looking. I have put the bird bath into the cage as permanent fixture, they drink from it, one wades through now and then, but mostly not. If your bird does not seem distressed, I can't find anything wrong with you grooming her some.

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Give her time, my guys are all different when it comes to baths. None of them like the bird bath They drink from it. Budget will have a shower under a running tap or he will roll around on wet leaves in a bowl of water. the others aren't into water much at all a couple of times Fifo has gone into the bowl and flapped Blue watches but so far hasn't ever had a bath. I mist him with tepid water every now and then.
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I used to get my previous budgie to take a bath by putting a mirror in the bottom of it. Zippi, my latest bird, is a bath-a-holic
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I don't know if it will work for every budgie because my experience begins and ends with the one I own however I have had success with a non-bather. Tico likes to sit on my shoulder and hide in and simultaneously preen my hair. I basically let him sit on my shoulder anytime I was hand washing dishes. After seeing me splash around while cleaning he would get curious scoot down my arm to play in the running water. Now he sits on my shoulder during kitchen duty and when I am done with the dishes he runs down my arm to get his after wash up bath.


Daesyl is a very sophisticated regal looking bird. I half feel like there should be a crown on her head.
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Old 06-08-2015, 03:20 AM
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My bird don't bath either. I have only had him 2 weeks 1 day but this is expected as he is new to the environment he's 12 weeks old he was never handled before me but actually it only took me 3 days to have him step up and sit on my shoulder some days he's a little grumpy and won't come out but I think thats just because I have a child that is very active have you any pets that could be distracting him from doing so birds are very alert at all times one noise puts them at alarm. Beautiful bird btw?
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Deasyl is doing just fine. It sounds like she enjoys pampering

Oisin never ever bathed he hated getting wet but that doesn't mean he was dirty. He was imaculate and cleaned himself every day. They just have different preferences as to how they do things. I think in your case, Deasyl feels that you are her servant!!
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Yes they are all different. Benedict loves a good bath, which is a flat oval bowl that I put on his platform. He is always straight to it, jumps in and keeps immersing himself and his wings. He revisits several times over 30 minutes, then dries out looking very pleased with himself. But I have had many birds who don't like that level of soaking, and have used it for a face wash and a drink. Humans can be a bit like that too, can't they?!!!
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As far as colours goes she could be a couple of things, but I am guessing Light Grey Cinnamon Spangle. The Spangle removes a lot of the markings and Cinnamon makes whats left light brown and lightens the body colour a bit. Cinnamons also often have softer looking feathers like hers.
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She's definitely spangle, the markings are clear on her wings, but her coloring is indeed very pale. Cinnamon is plausible but I would say grey dilute spangle maybe?

Daesyl is such a gorgeous little girl!
I'm sure she'll try a bath eventually, just regularly offer her different methods as mentioned and someday she'll try it. It's different for every budgie!

Don't think anything's wrong with giving her cucumber as a treat--mostly water or not, any veggie is healthier than honey sticks or something like that.
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