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Re: Dirty Birdie

Posted by Ashleigh on 1/13/08
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    Hahaha my B and G was the same way. I bought those plastic
    toys that you stick to the side and he loves to try to chase
    the balls that go to it in the water. I'm trying to show him
    how to put them through the little hoop. If that happens, I
    will have to get some cute video's of it and post it somewhere.

    On the soap issue. I let my water get as hot as i can get it
    and then scrub down the tub with a stiff brissled (sp?) brush.
    and then run my hand over it to make sure nothing is left. My
    avian vet also recommended that because she said scrubbing
    like that will make sure to get everything off, and it warms
    up the tub so the water stays warmer longer and Baby has more
    play time.

    I never even thought to use plastic cups! I bet he would enjoy
    that! :)

    On 1/12/08, JKCASWELL wrote:
    > On 1/12/08, Macaw Mom wrote:
    >> I'm looking for a bit of advice. I have a "second-hand"
    >> B&G, whom I adopted (for cash) from a "questionable"
    >> source. Nonetheless, I love her and with affection and
    >> attention she's turning into a wonderful companion. I do,
    >> however, have one issue with her...she HATES to bathe. She
    >> screams and runs away when I try to sprintz her with a
    >> spray bottle, and I'm very careful to be gentle with it.
    >> She refuses to shower with me or without me, she simply
    >> gets down from wherever I place her and waits on the floor
    >> until the door opens, then runs like crazy. She is very
    >> sensitive and I don't want to traumatize her (I suspect
    >> she's been through enough already), but, frankly, she
    >> SMELLS! She is in serious need of bathing, but I'm sort of
    >> at a loss as to where to go from here. My vet suggested I
    >> just keep putting her back in the shower until she stays
    >> there. That bombed bigger than Britney Spear in family
    >> court. I'm no expert, but there's GOT to be a better way.
    >> Any suggestions? Thanks a million for any help.
    >
    > My Scarlet hated to bathe when I got her. Spray bottles are
    > a huge mistake with her. I think it was used as a
    > punishment. Showers only got alot of screaming and trying
    to
    > climb the walls. Then I tried the bath tub. I started out
    > with only enough water to cover her feet, she was scared,
    but
    > not panicked. Every day I added about 1/2 inch of more
    > water. Lots of toys too, plastic cups etc. anything she
    > liked to toss around. I eventually got to about 3 inches.
    > It only took about a week and she was begging to get in the
    > bath tub. She dives, jumps, splashes, flaps and soaks my
    > bathroom, but she loves it, and it's only water, cleans up
    > easily! She really likes to be in the tub as it is filling,
    > and playing under the faucet. After 6 years with her, this
    > is the only way I can bathe her. I am fortunate, that
    nobody
    > else has to use that bath tub, so I never have to worry
    about
    > leftover soap residue. In that case, I'm not sure how one
    > would clean out the residue, prior to bathing the bird.
    >
    > Good luck and let me know if this helps.
    >
    > Jenn