for my birds I give them a bath with hot water when i use a mister bottle. yes I said
hot :-), check prior to spraying, i use my arm that when it comes out it is a warm to
cool. cold water = very cold water after being sprayed through a mister. i like it to be
warm, more pleasant i think, and my cockatoo does prefer the warm water as she gets much
more excited than with the cooler water.
i soak mine as well (not all the time, i let her "show" me, sometimes i have to refill the
bottle 3 times and it is a BIG bottle), though she is not a feather picker...she also
comes right in the shower with me, she sits on the back of my kids little desk chair til i
am done and clean...then she comes in on my arm and she loves it. now that said, i know it
is unusual but she LOVES it, so who am I to tell her she is odd? bathing more is actually
helps alot of feather pluckers, i try to bathe her in one form or another several times a
if you are a smoker wash your hands prior to holding her - the nicotine and chemicals can
transfer to her feathers and feet and cause the itchies. same thing if you smoke in the
house or same room, which is a big no-no due to how sensitive a birds resp. system is.
i would keep with the spraying her -- you can add some to her drinking water as well, but
i would wait for that and see if this works.