How to give a bath to your budgie: Whether to clean up or simply cool off, most budgies like to take a bath. Also, getting your budgie to take a bath is pretty simple, as she will do the majority of the work herself. Simply provide her with a small container filled with water and you will quickly see her jump into her bath and wave her wings so that the water trickles down to her skin. We advise you to have your budgie bathe at least twice a week, but more baths are recommended if the atmosphere in the room where your budgie is located is very dry. A bath will allow your budgie to smooth her feathers and rid them of dust and other small debris that can accumulate when she flies and plays in her cage during the day.
Give a bath
Fill a shallow bowl with warm water
The water level in the bowl should not exceed four or five centimeters. Make sure the water is lukewarm, as budgies are sensitive to cold.
- Small bird baths can also be found on the market that attaches directly to the bars of the cage.
- It is possible that your budgie does not like the bowl of water you have placed in his cage. In this case, make sure that the bottom of the cage is clean and place greenery, such as grass, for example, wet. Your budgie will certainly roll around to clean herself, which will have the same effect on her as taking a bath.
- There is no need to use soap.
Place a towel under the cage of your budgie
Make sure the bowl is on a flat surface to prevent water from spilling into the bottom of the cage before your budgie has had time to enjoy his bath.
- You can also run a little water in a previously washed sink and then use it as a bathtub. Bring your budgie to the room where the sink is located and put it in the water. Don’t forget to check that all doors and windows are closed before taking your budgie out of its cage to prevent it from escaping.
Let your budgie have fun
You will certainly notice that once in the water, your budgie will start flapping its wings and throwing water everywhere. It is these wingbeats that allow your budgie to take a bath. By the way, did you know that most budgies love to swim?
- It is possible that your budgie does not dare to go directly into his bath. If this is the case, do not worry and give him time to adapt to this new situation. However, if after several minutes she still has not decided to jump into the (big) bath, we advise you to switch to the other method presented below.
Let your bird dry
Clean the bathtub of your budgie
Using a vaporizer
Find or buy a vaporizer
They are usually found in the “household products” or “shampoos” departments of supermarkets or in the “gardening” departments of DIY stores.
- An alternative is to place a specially designed perch in your shower. This kind of perch can be bought in pet stores. To bathe your budgie, you will then just have to use the “low jet” setting of your shower head and run warm water.
Fill the spray bottle with warm or slightly hot water
Turn the spray nozzle to “fogger” mode
Spray the water on your budgie
Try using your spray bottle so that water comes from above on your bird (as rain would in nature). Do not spray the water directly into the face of your budgie, she may not appreciate it at all.
- Do not hesitate to offer this kind of bath to your budgie every day if you have time.
Let your bird dry out
- It is important to buy a vaporizer specifically for your budgie. Indeed, a spray bottle that has already contained cleaning products, for example, may contain traces of chemicals that, when mixed with water, may have a harmful effect on your bird.
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