How to Clean your Bird

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Ah, giving your bird a bath! Of course, this won’t entail an actual bathtub, soap, and shower cap — but it will require water, supervision and some warmth. Whether you’re a first-time bird owner or you’re looking into purchasing a bird, there are a series of tips and tricks to learn, such as maintaining their hygiene! If you’re not sure where to start, we’re here to help:

No Soap Required

Before bathing your bird, there is something an owner must know: never use soap. That’s right: unlike bathing your dog or cat, birds do not require a solvent. The reason? Soap has the potential to add additional oil to their feathers and could even damage their skin because the composition is too heavy. Similar to a chinchilla (minus the powder), your bird will only need room temperature water — and that’s it.

Don’t Force your Bird

Another critical piece of information to know: don’t force your bird to take a bath. Unlike your cat or dog, birds bathe on their own time. However, you might not know when your bird wants to take a bath. If that’s the case, it’s best to place either a cage-attached bath or a little bowl of water at the bottom of their cage. This will not only encourage your bird to bathe — but it will let them do it at their convenience.

The Bathing Process

Once your bird jumps into their room-temperature bath, they’ll take care of the process themselves. Of course, you never want to fill the bowl up to the very top; only want to fill it up to one-two inches and nothing more. From there, you’ll see your bird take a dip and take care of their bathing. Once that’s complete, your bird will pop out of their bath and will be good to go!

The Drying Process

When your feathered friend is done bathing, they’ll start to dry on their own. You’ll want to make sure that the room is at a comfortable temperature and isn’t too cold. Additionally, you don’t want to use a blowdryer since this can burn your bird and seriously injure them. Birds take quite some time to dry, so you’ll want to make sure that you bathe them earlier in the day, just so that they’ll have enough time to dry before they go to bed!

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