12-04-2018, 09:01 AM
It's normal for budgies to rub their heads on the perches, sides of the cage, toys etc. when molting.
Even budgies that are housed together often don't want the other birds preening them.
I'd suggest you 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 Kiwi likes them.
Some budgies enjoy being very lightly misted with room temperature water while others don't.
Do not squirt the water directly on Kiwi.
Aim it up into the air and let the water mist settle down over Kiwi gently.
I don't believe you'll lose his trust if you try it and let the mist fall gently over him.
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.
If your budgie is shaking his head, tail and feet after he’s been in the water, that’s quite normal. It’s like a dog shaking after it gets wet.
Some budgies simply don't enjoy bathing which is fine as all budgies are cleaning and oiling their feathers when they preen.