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    Cool Tricks of The Trade

    Some people have tips and tricks for the trade of caring for the fids. I would love this dicussion to be about how to bath, trim nails and wings successful with ease. Also talking about converting a 'tiel to pellets, fruits and veggies is a big task too! This is a place to ask advice on anything. Post how you deal with caring for 'tiels.
    Animals are delicate treat them right.


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    Re: Tricks of The Trade

    Does anyone know the best way to give a birdie a bath without making a HUGE mess!
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    Re: Tricks of The Trade

    Birdy loves to be misted instead of being offered a bowl of water. So I mist Birdy outside in the backyard where there is sun shining on him (so he wouldn't get cold) .

    Do yours like to be misted? Cause I know that misting can be a bit messy - even though its just water, . I don't seclude him in a sink or any area that is deep when I mist him because he doesn't like it at all. Instead I mist him above his cage . He just loves it.

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    Re: Tricks of The Trade

    Mine hate misting, they are slightly flighted and as soon as water hits them they are a blur of feahters. I put them in the bath tub and I fill it up to the top of their legs and splash water on them gently like if I am washing a baby. I make sure the bath tub is UBER clean and they water is just warm enough to stay warm for a few minutes then I dry them in a towel hold them next to me and resure them that it is for the best. It is a sort of bonding moment. Plus I keep the house toasty even in the summer during bathing days.
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    Re: Tricks of The Trade

    I always mist mine right before cage cleaning because thats only place they like it.
    Anywhere else and you'd think I was killing them.
    I have a friend who showers with hers and then uses the blow dryer to dry him off.She uses it on low setting from a distance and he seems to enjoy it.

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    Re: Tricks of The Trade

    Quote Originally Posted by 4Tielz View Post
    I always mist mine right before cage cleaning because thats only place they like it.
    Anywhere else and you'd think I was killing them.
    I have a friend who showers with hers and then uses the blow dryer to dry him off.She uses it on low setting from a distance and he seems to enjoy it.
    I might try the blow dyer thing!
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    Re: Tricks of The Trade

    Anyone have any good nail trimming tips?
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    Re: Tricks of The Trade

    Have you ever trimmed your birds nails before, if not I suggest you have someone show you first. My birds are easy they let me take their little toes and clip them. Using a perch helps to keep there feet open and it gives them something to grasp onto while you do it but if you clip the quick, you will need kwik stop fast. That is why it is best to have someone show you first.

    Birds and mess go hand in hand even at bath time - sorry. I would continue to mist eventually they will accept it or place a dish of water on the cage and let them enter at their own pace.
    Best of luck to you

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    Re: Tricks of The Trade

    My tiel has always loved taking baths, both misting or being in the shower with me. I take him outside to the patio to mist him on a glass top table. (of course I clean it first). He won't take a bowl but he loves being misted and will put his chest down on the table and kinda roll from side to side. Since its getting colder out now I'll take him in the shower with me. He sits on the curtain rod singing until I'm done then comes down with me. I turn the shower head on a hard spray and put my hand in it so it causes a mist that he can get into. I'll keep him on one hand and deflect the shower spray with the other. I always put him on our nice sunny window ledge to dry and he seems to really enjoy it. If its cold I'll use the blow dryer but he will only let me dry him if he's on my shoulder.

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