De-Stress Your Bird with a Birdie Spa

We allow ourselves to be stressed on so many levels these days. Keeping up with social media contacts. Fixing all the things that break in our lives – kitchen appliances – automobiles

 

Just getting to and from work can be an adventure. So who wouldn’t say no to a day at the spa?

 

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Recently I blogged about Popcorn’s compromised immune system. It was all from stress. Stress from her body diverting calories to grow replacement feathers.

 

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Stress from being a female cockatiel with a need to reproduce and an active reproductive system. Stress from daylight savings time, and the whole days are getting shorter thing is stressful for a bird.

 

Something most noteworthy. Before I describe this behavior of our cockatiel in the shower, we need to do a little housekeeping. Let’s review how birds lungs work in this excellent video.by Emma

 
 

 

Got it? Air flow is one way across your birds lungs. When I’m showering with Popcorn on the shower rod I see her close her eyes and clearly enter this sublime state. And when I look at her I think of Emma’s video, the warm moist air flowing over these highly sensitive lungs must feel like 1 million bucks or a day at the spa.

 

Birds in the rain forests generally get a regular sprinkling of rain over their feathers once daily. Australian birds like cockatiel’s are nomadic but wherever they find food in a flock it will always be near water and vegetation.

 

Allowing a bird to bathe is helpful on so many levels but birds will be birds and will not always cooperate with our best intentions.

 

It would be great if we could just take a bird in the shower with us give them a comfortable place to perch and let them enjoy the water. We hear from a lot of caged bird owners who say they cannot get their birds “into” the shower with them.

 

Popcorn our cockatiel will to take baths in the kitchen and the bathroom sinks. Try to pull her off the top of the shower curtain rod while taking a shower and you think you were trying to pluck all her feathers.

 

 

Much like “should I clip my birds wings” is really a question of degree not either or so instead of trying to force the issue of bathing in the shower which applies especially to large birds who don’t fit kitchen sinks, like Macaws, find some middle ground.

 

Think about allowing your bird to enjoy the warmth and humidity that a shower provides. It can be a great bonding experience, just make sure you have a shower perch of some sort available should your bird decide to join you under the water stream. The alternative to that is ouch, ouch, ouch, as the bird might slip on your wet body and grab or bite something.

 

 

Doing this will go a long way towards offsetting the dryness of heating our homes along with all the other biological and physiological issues your bird is trying to compensate for while living in North America instead of near the equator, where they are mostly from.

 

written by mitch rezman

approved by catherine tobsing

 

Mitch Rezman

He's handled a 1000 birds of numerous species when they visited monthly birdie brunches in the old Portage Park (Chicago, IL) facility. The one with the parrot playground. Mitch has written and published more than 1100 articles on captive bird care. He's met with the majority of  CEO's and business owners for most brands in the pet bird space and does so on a regular basis. He also constantly interacts with avian veterinarians and influencers globally.

This Post Has 5 Comments

  1. My Umbrella cockatoo has a shower perch and takes a shower with me daily. Some days she just stands on her perch. But about every 4 or 5 days she likes to get under the water. She stands on my hand and leans against my chest. I can always tell when she wants to get under the water. I put my hand out and jumps on. Otherwise she turns her back and scooches away down the curtain rod. Of course she’s 21 and I’ve had her since she hatched so I can read her pretty well. LOL. I live in very South Florida so not a lot of heated air here – pretty humid most of the year. She’s clipped and we have a screened porch. She loves to help me pull weeds in the garden. I weed – she scratches in the dirt.

  2. My caique, Crayola, loves showers, both in the kitchen sink and in our shower, either on my head or on a shower perch. Then he spends ages on my head or shoulder preening and drying. He loves my hair dryer, but I don’t know how good that dry heat is for him.

  3. My Caique, Crayola, loves showers, both in the kitchen sink and in our shower. Afterwards, she will learn for ages on my head or shoulder. She really likes my hair dryer but I am not sure if the dry heat is good for her.

  4. That was supposed to be preen, not learn. Autocorrect, eek!

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