Lucy is about 14 years old and has been to a few other homes before us. We've had her since December of 2010. We don't know much about her past, so there's no point speculating, I suppose. But she's always been kind of snappy and volatile since we've had her. Not a "shoulder pet". I can take her out for walks and she's fine. but in the house, if she gets scared by anything, I get nailed. If I sit down with her on my shoulder, she scoots down and bites my arm, pretty badly. We don't know how to train her out of this, so we just don't do it.
But long story short, she hates bathing and won't do it at all. If I try to pick her up by the sides, she bites. The only way to get her anywhere is if she will step up, and she won't do it to go in the shower and bathe. Our umbrella cockatoo Oz loves to bathe every 4 days regularly, and we have a 3rd bedroom with the shower rod down the middle of the tub, right next to the bird room. Lucy will watch Oz bathe but will never let me take her in there. On the few occasions when I have gotten her in, and on the perch, she flies off and won't go back on it.
I mist her some with a water bottle from time to time, but she smells and itches some, and she just won't bathe.
I've tried putting big pans of water out for her, etc., she just won't do it.
Any ideas on this?