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    JandB
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    Bathing/misting

    Hello, I am new here and have a question about giving my bird a bath. The weather is changing and getting colder... worried about the bird (tilly) getting chilled after bath or misting. Should I use warm water? What temp? If the room isn't warm enough, will getting the bird to fly around help keep her warm? Thanks.

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    Re: Bathing/misting

    You should ALWAYS use warm water, regardless of the season
    If the mist is cool or cold by the time it hits your hand, it's too cold for the bird.

    In a misting bottle, usually hot water will be warm by the time it gets to your hand from the bottle.

    If you put them in the shower or use a kitchen sink sprayer, or just a birdbath, the water should be comfortably warm.

    Make sure you give the bath in a place free of drafts, and make sure t hey have somewhere to go to dry that's draft free.

    The room should be warm enough no matter if she can fly or not.

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    Thanks!

    She's a happy bird thanks to your advice, and soon to get her own birdbath. In the meantime it's hot water in the mist bottle. Going to cover the window with plastic to prevent drafts (i do this every winter anyway...)

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    Good job, JandB! Your bird is very lucky to have you as an owner!

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    Re: Bathing/misting

    My bird is about 2 1/2 years old now, and he doesn't like the water at all. So, I don't give him a bath or misting or anything. He appears pretty clean, and doesn't smell, is this ok?

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    Re: Bathing/misting

    All birds need to take showers, it helps their skin and feather quality.

    Keep trying with different ways to get him to shower.

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    Re: Bathing/misting

    I've heard (I dunno if it was on this board or not!) that you should try misting, when it's raining outside! it makes sense i s'pose, well, you can try anyway.
    Amy and Angel

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    Re: Bathing/misting

    I was told to try that with Rommel when he used to hate being misted.
    It seemed to help get him used to it, and he's fine with being bathed now.

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    Re: Bathing/misting

    My tiel hates bathing, so I use misting. (I'm the only one who can bathe him- I always feel like the big bad monster...whenever I come home from college, my parents tell me I have to give him a bath.. But I always give him lots of love and affection, especially after things like baths, so he isn't hating me yet or anything. )

    I've heard that it's okay to use a hairdryer- on a very low setting and far away from the bird- to gently dry a cockatiel. Is this okay? That's the only part of bathing my tiel likes- he sits happily fluffing himself and grinding his beak together in the warm air, but I'm hesitant to do it because I'm not sure if it'll dry out his feathers/be too warm, etc.

    Thanks!

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    Re: Bathing/misting

    Be careful with hair dryers, some contain Teflon.
    If it overheats, it can kill the bird in less than 10 seconds.

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    Ooh, thanks for the warning! I'm going to play it safe- Treerose is going to have to adjust to drying off without the help of a hair dryer.

    Yikes...I learn something new about tiels every day.

    Luthien

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    I hope everything works out for you!

    Yeap, we learn something new everyday!

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