Who Doesn’t Like To Get Clean?

Yes, parrots like to be misted or jump into a tropical kitchen sink-shower!

Parrots need to get clean, just like any other creature. It is important in order to maintain healthy feathers and to keep their skin clean of their dust (parrot dander) – clean skin also helps abate mites.

Giving your parrot a shower is easy. You can either use bottled or boiled water in a mister to spray them with a fine mist. You can also invite them into your shower by offering them a shower perch. Parrots don’t always jump into the water stream, but that’s ok. Keep your bathroom door closed and let your parrot relax and enjoy the moisture in the air.

You may also find your parrot jumping into your kitchen sink to compete with the dishes for the faucet’s water! In this video, Kami, our Harlequin Macaw, jumped right in and drenched herself in the kitchen sink, which she’s really too big for!

What If My Parrot Doesn’t Want To Bathe?

When parrots are enjoying a shower they look blissful, open their wings and close their eyes, soaking in their shower. On the other hand, a parrot that steps away and doesn’t open her wings, doesn’t want a shower!

If your parrot is not accustomed to a shower once or twice a week (you can take your parrot into your bathroom’s moisture daily with no worries), you may have to accustom her to bathing.

Start slowly just by misting her feet and work your way up  her body over the next week or two. Your parrot will re-learn to love a natural behavior that helps keep her healthy.

How Does A Parrot Dry Off After A Shower?

Make sure that your parrot isn’t cold or in a draft afterwards.

Frankly, I’ve seen videos of people blow-drying their parrots – and I can’t speak to this.

If you don’t force your parrot to get drenched, then your parrot should be able to monitor how wet and cold they can get. In nature they often bath and ‘air’ dry with no problems because they control when they shower and how wet they get and where they dry off. A parrot shouldn’t need to get drenched weekly; let your parrot show you how much water they want. For example, if you take your parrot into your bathroom to enjoy your shower’s mist a couple times a week, you are doing well. Be sure to mist your parrot too.

My parrots go into my shower’s humidity all of the time. It is relaxing (they always close their eyes) and comfortable to receive the sounds and moisture of the shower. When it comes to misting them, sometimes they walk into the mist and keep their wings open, even after I think they are done. So, I keep going. Other times they step away from the mist, making it clear that it is not a shower day.

As long as you offer a misting several times a week and take them into your humid bathroom a couple times a week, you should be fine. Monitor their feathers and the shine, the pearlescent glow their feathers have. When you see your avian vet for your parrot’s yearly appointment, ask your vet how your parrot’s skin and feathers are doing and if you are giving enough showers based on their condition.

Parrots Share Your Life With You

This is why I say that parrots are companions, not pets. You can share your life and your life activities with your parrot from eating healthy foods to watching TV and sharing your shower with your parrot. No other pet will hold their food and eat by your side as they speak to you, sometimes using English words!

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