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Old 09-18-2016, 04:01 PM
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My budgie is afraid of water. I've tried putting a bowl filled with an inch of water out and he only drank from it. I've tried a gentle stream of lukewarm water in the sink with my hands cupped, he Flys away from that. I've even tried misting and he's also afraid of that. I never force him to do it but he needs a bath I'm sure. I let him perch on the shower rod while I'm showering and I'll talk to him and he likes that but he never goes near the water. To be honest my bird is timid but he's a sweetie and intelligent. What am I to do though to help him get past his fear of water? I've only had him for nearly 2 months and bought him when he was roughly 4 to 5 months old.

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Old 09-18-2016, 04:08 PM
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Generally speaking, budgies aren't very keen on bathing and would only do so when they absolutely feel the need to bathe (more usually when they are moulting). Some budgies would rather use their water containers over a proper birdie bath and will subtly freshen up in that fashion.
You don't need to worry about this, because budgies keep their feathers well maintained and cleaned by daily preening.

Have you tried to offer a dripping wet leafy green? My budgies love their veggies and will at times bathe in the wet leaves.
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Old 09-18-2016, 07:02 PM
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Some budgies enjoy bathing and others don't.
There are various things you can try. You may also find he ignores the bath for a long time and then suddenly decides to try it and likes it!

I'd suggest you either put a shallow bowl with water in or on top the cage or get a Lix-it Bath to attach to the cage and provide him the option of bathing every few days.


You can also try placing a few fresh basil leaves or some lettuce leaves in the water. That may interest him 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 budgie likes 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.
Some budgies do enjoy playing under a light trickle of water in the sink.

Other budgies simply do not enjoy bathing which is fine as all budgies are cleaning and oiling their feathers when they preen.
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Aluz and Deborah have both given you great advice. Some of mine that were water hesitant became more comfortable with it after I started putting just a small amount of water in the bottom of a large glass cooking dish and putting their green veggies in there....
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I actually have the bath that Deborah suggested, and my birds actually drink from it more than their actual water bowl. They bath once in a while, but at first they wouldn't go near it. And forget my girls. They don't really care for the bath, but they love being sprayed. Although it didn't start out like that. My suggestion, just keep trying. Don't be forceful, but keep offering it. I did that with my boys and one day they just jumped in, and the girls started enjoying their mistings.

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Budgies are just like people, some like water others don't.
I have one that loves to bathe under the tap, One that likes to roll around in a shallow dish with lettuce leaves and water, and one that doesn't bathe at all. They all look fine and are healthy.
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It all depends on their personality. Some like it, and some don't. It is a scientific phenomenon!

My boys are a perfect example of this; as soon as I begin to mist them, one of them ruffles his feathers and enjoys himself, while the other runs away.

Just keep giving him the opportunities and I am sure he will take it eventually!

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My bird is also not that enthusiastic about bathing and I've tried everything multiple times.

I agree that it's a matter of keep offering it. My budgie once took a bath in his water dish on his own volition.

Sometimes he appreciates a light misting... other times he is not interesting.

Once he was interesting in a light trickle in the sink. He fluffed up, chirp and jumped into the sink for a minute.

My budgie is about the same as yours, so I generally make a point of offering him bathing once every two weeks. (Now that I know he's not interested.) I figure twice a month gives him enough opportunity to continue to see if he wants it... while not forcing it upon him.
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