For me the best way was simply to take the bird into the shower when I showered, but just let him perch there for a number of times, without getting wet. Then I slowly let water drip from my hands very softly onto him.Then I finally let him perch under a very soft, warm shower until he got used to it. Just take a good deal of time to acclimate the bird to that environment and allow him/her to imitate you after a time. Very soft, warm shower though, not a hard spray. My bird was afraid of the water bottle sprayer, but got used to the shower and likes it now.
I took Max in the shower with me only once since he was a velcro bird and insisted on sitting on my shoulder which was painful without the padding of clothing! Chy only wants to bathe in her water dish. I have put her in the shower after prying her out of my hair.
Max, CAG (In my heart forever) Taz, Tiel (Rest in peace my sweet girl) Chyloe, CAG
my lucky doodle HATES (like serious HATES & will make blood fly!) being sprayed in any form, so i never even tried to get him to either join me in the shower, or in the basin. That was until about 4 months ago when, stupid me, i decided to take a quickie shower and didn't close the shower door properly....well, there i am, washing my hair, soap in the eyes, when suddenly i feel this scaly cold thing wrap itself around my right big toe....I SHRIEKED jumped, thumped my head on the shower, clobbered my elbow on the wall, and ended up in a heap on the shower floor, while from a by then very bedraggled little grey & red monster sitting just in the open shower door came a stream of "Och, DAMN, Stupid Cow! HAW HAW HAW HAW!!!"
now, if i shower and i don't put the little log that his highness uses as his step up in place so that he can join me on the floor, i get chomped as soon as I step out!
I have soooo given up on trying to make Lucky do anything I want him to do by my direct intervention. Now, all i do is do what I want, and when he joins me, then I suck up to him madly so that, as with most chaps, he ends up thinking it was his idea in the first place anyway....its the only way I get peace!
Both of my Grey's will tolerate the sink bath. I run the water extra long time to make sure it is just right on my hand (but not sure if my birds think it is ideal)They do squawk for a bit but settle down pretty quickly. They seem to like the sink hand sprayer. I put it on spray and run it down very close to them. Echo does not mind me lifting her wings up and spraying under them. My male will bite me if I try to do that. I then wrap them in a towel somewhat tight to dry them while I give them a head rub. But it is not their favorite past time.
I just started taking my guys onto a perch I keep on the shower wall. The perch isn't in the line of the shower, but sure enough, eventually they were enticed by the water and now they really like the shower. They hold their wings out, shake all around and have a great time.
Post by The Flying Tiels on Mar 19, 2013 14:22:26 GMT -7
I have a perch that sticks tot he wall in the shower. I take Mokkie in and she likes the steam. I get her under the water or a spray it off my hands and up at her. She enjoys this. When it is time to come out I have to use a wooden perch or else I will need to get stiches. She hates to come out!
Post by dorothydot on Mar 19, 2013 19:09:47 GMT -7
After reading this thread, I tried taking Koba into the shower, using his table perch. He did very well, once he realized what was going on. I got in with him, and rather than have him in the direct line of shower, let the water from my wet hair dribble on him. He loved it! So then I did put him into the shower spray, and he did very well once again. Stayed on his perch, got soaked. Then, dripping wet, I carried him to his cage and covered him for the night. In the morning, he was fine. Today he kept saying, "Want shower. Koba needs shower." Smart little brat, he is!
Here's a pict of how frisky he felt today, soft clean feathers and all:
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Found this interesting as noway would Mojo tolerate a lengthy shower. He hates the spray bottle and attacks it so I try to get him in the bath and shower him with Telephone taps especially bought for this purpose. But if he dosen't want to get out of his cage he will say "OUCH" letting me know of his immient intentions should I attempt to pick him up. Have thought of buying a large Bird Bath but as he's terrified of anything new unsure if he would take to it?
It takes time for some birds to get used to the water. I started spraying Piccolo from the time I got her and when she sees the spray bottle she will say "Mommy spray" I then took her with me into the shower and let her stand on my arm and then passed my arm through the water gently until she got used to it and now she just goes into the shower and sits on the floor with the water running and she absolutely loves it.