All my birds like to take baths, but in very particular ways and when they want them. The cockatiels love to be sprayed with warm mist from a spray bottle. But usually not more than once a week – occasionally more, but that’s not often. Even when I offer water to them on a daily basis, they will ignore it, avoid it if they don’t want to bathe.
Here is Charlie, spreading his wings, to receive the next volley of spray.
Here you can even see some of the water droplets, as he shakes off the excess moisture.
And, finally, when the bath is over, Charlie looks like he’s tired and cold and ready for a nap (even when the temperature is in the 80s!).
Then Chipper and Charlie will preen for some time to get excess water out and get the feathers back in their proper places.
As for my birds of African descent, they prefer tubs of water – they intensely dislike being sprayed, as if it were a personal affront to their dignity.
I have a large soap dish I fill with filtered cold water for Pippin the lovebird (filtered, because she drinks a lot of it). She will stand on the edge and bob her head into the water. She rarely gets sopping wet, as she dislikes her feet getting wet (!), but she manages to stay clean.
And Sam….well, he learned to bathe in his water dish before I got him, and that’s how it’s gonna be forever and ever, Amen. No matter how many times I’ve tried to get nice large dishes, entice him with special bathing tubs – nope, nothing will do except his stainless steel water dish. He gets wet by dipping first one foot in, then the other, and then his chest and head. He gets fairly clean this way – all except his back, which often remains dusty-smelling, but perfection is not what counts here.
It’s fascinating to see the so uniquely individual preferences of these birds!