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Old 01-12-2016, 09:56 PM
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So my budgies and finches take baths no problem but my cockatiel, Lemon won't. I've tried the spray bottle and tried misting the air and he didn't like it. I've tried holding a long plastic container with a little water at the bottom, I've tried taking him into the bathroom to bathe in the sink in my hands. But he won't try any of it. Have any of you guys had this problem?

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Some birds simply don't like to bathe

Birds, however, are very clean, and simply preening keeps their feathers quite clean and in good shape, so if he just doesn't like bathing, I would just let him be. He may decide to enjoy it eventually, and in case he does, you can keep a shallow pan of water in his cage (no more than 1 inch and a half deep).
My budgie loves to bathe, so I've never had this problem, but plenty of other members have
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My green cheek conure is my only bird who will bathe at his own will in his very own bath bowl at the bottom of his cage daily but my budgies and 2 tiels will not, so I also need to impose upon them for a dip in my bathtub when needed. Theyre usually a bit evasive upon stepping in, where I keep the water level at about an inch high, but they do settle in after a few minutes and I'll give them gentle splashes all around. They do feel much better when they come out soaked afterward, especially during the summer
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So my budgies and finches take baths no problem but my cockatiel, Lemon won't. I've tried the spray bottle and tried misting the air and he didn't like it. I've tried holding a long plastic container with a little water at the bottom, I've tried taking him into the bathroom to bathe in the sink in my hands. But he won't try any of it. Have any of you guys had this problem?
My budgies love to bathe. If he doesn't want to, it seems ok to me. If he preens, than is fine, because that is best method of cleaning!
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Both of my budgies refuse it. I have tried a spray bottle and they seemed perturbed and didn't like it. They are still very clean because of preening like Starling Wings said. I haven't really worried about it.
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Birds should not be forced to bathe.
Birds have what is called a preen gland at the base of their tail.
This contains an oil that cleans and oils their feathers to keep them clean and smooth.

You may offer a bath to your birds, see if they prefer a light misting, and/or offer wet greens for them to rub against or roll on.

If your bird chooses not to bathe, then simply offer it a shallow dish of water periodically.
It can clean its feathers just fine on its own by preening.
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My budgies love to bathe. If he doesn't want to, it seems ok to me. If he preens, than is fine, because that is best method of cleaning!
I long to see the day when any of my budgies happily hops into a birdie bath like Faerybee's good ol Skipperoo here...

"Ohh, a nice cool bath during molt sure is soothing"

"I may never wanna get back out..."
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Heavens, Nick, where on earth did you find those pictures of Skipper? They're so cute
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Heavens, Nick, where on earth did you find those pictures of Skipper? They're so cute
They were originally shared on the forum in this thread
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Aha, can't believe I missed it! What a great thread!

It certainly is adorable when our budgies and other birds decided to splash around. But, like people, all birds have their preferences and some birds would like to keep two feet firmly on land!
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