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?