I have a bird bath in both my big flight cages. I usually only put it in on the weekends, and the birds now love it. It did take them a while to figure out what it was for. But now when i put it in, they dive bomb it and play in it.
Each bird has its own preference how they take a bath. It can take months of trying until they even consider trying it. One thing I figured with my Cloud, the first time he was willingly bathing was a very hot day and he decided to take a bath finally after 3 months of me trying with different things, he took his first bath in a glass of water Then I got him a bird bath that you can install it inside the cage and the first time I put it in the cage he was very curious, he drank the water first then bathed in it yay! Btw I suggest you put drinking water in the bird bath, b/c they are most likely check it out first by drinking it, before they decide to take a bath.
Greetings and welcome to the forum .some birds don't like to bathe sometimes and others love it.it may take some time before they will try.another tip to try is a fresh wet lettuce piece with water on it.sometimes budgies like that ad well.Blessings and I wish you and your budgies many happy years together.
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Thanks! I won't worry about it then! I always use distilled water for the bath and their water. The last couple of days I've been skipping adding water to the "bath" though and putting millet in there instead to entice them.
Some budgies enjoy bathing and others don't.
There are various things you can try.
You may also find they ignore the bath for a long time and then suddenly one will decide to try it and then they'll all like it!
You can also try placing a few fresh basil leaves or some lettuce leaves in the water. That may interest them in the bath.
Some budgies love to rub against or roll on wet leaves.
You can hang wet romaine lettuce or kale leaves in the cage or place them in a shallow dish in or on the cage to see if your budgies like them.
Some budgies enjoy being very lightly misted with room temperature water.
Do NOT squirt the water directly on the budgie.
Aim it up into the air and let the water mist settle down over the budgie gently.
You should be able to easily tell if he likes it or doesn't want any part of it.
Other budgies simply don't enjoy bathing which is fine as all budgies are cleaning and oiling their feathers when they preen.
My budgie Buddy very seldom takes a bath. I place the bath into his cage a couple of times a week, especially on a hot sunny day, trying to tempt him in. He chirrups at me happily and looks very interested if I splash my fingers around in the water, he'll drink from it and throw his toys and food into it, but very rarely gets in himself. I've tried warm water, cold water, more water, less water - all to no avail. I guess he's just one who doesn't like to bathe. And he definitely does not like being misted either. But he does yell with excitement when I run the kitchen tap....! Maybe he's just saying "yes it's about time you washed those dishes!"
Ive also been trying to persuade Peta to have a proper bath rather than a foot-rinse! I've been trying various ways, mainly using containers of different shapes found in the kitchen. I want to try a mist sprayer too when I can get one.
I've had some success with a flat shallow dish & putting millet berries in the middle so she has to go in to get them. She will go in after a bit of trying but usually brings them out to eat!
I also tried putting the dish in the sink with a tiny trickle of waterfall from the tap. That was exciting! And she actually twice put her head under the stream (by accident I think ) but she didn't seem to mind.
I'll keep offering various containers and my gut feeling is she will take a few more days to think about it, then she will decide herself which sort of bath she likes. By the way, I have been using tepid water, not very cold.