Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Alaska, Holland America Cruise Line On shower perch: Rare White Parakeets "Nikko" & "Visa"
While cruising Alaska and performing on Holland America with my birds, I met a man who had a cockatiel who plucks. One of the first things I asked him was, “Do you bathe your bird?” he was surprised by the question and answered “No” as if he had never dreamt of doing so. “What do I do?” he asked, confused. “Do I just take him outside and dunk him in the water?” I held back a laugh before exclaiming, “No!” and explained in more detail about how he could properly bathe his bird. Which made me think – I bet not everyone realizes their pet parrots will bathe in more than one way if given the opportunity. My birds are always on the go with me and have learned to accumulate to change very well. Which brings me to my ever adoring parakeets (or budgies). They were serious troopers during my traveling and the best bathers! In Orlando (at home) I mist them with a spray bottle for their daily baths but on the road, I don’t travel with a spray bottle and on a cruise ship I don’t have one either. However, there is no need! My parakeets will also sit on a shower perch and bathe with me in the shower all at once which are a pretty cute sight and a good way for me to spend a little extra time with them that we both could use. So! Don’t think that your bird has to bathe one way for the rest of his life (unless, of course, he prefers it that way!) and change it up a little.
Article by Jamieleigh Womach. She has been working with parrots and toucans since the age of 17. She isn’t homeless but is home less than she prefers to be. She travels the world with her husband, daughter, and a flockful of parrots whom she shares the stage with.