Bathing Cockatoos

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Orlando, FL Bathing: Umbrella Cockatoo "Linus" I believe whole-heartedly that you should bathe your bird as often as it wants a bath. Meaning, that you offer it a bath once a day and if it takes you up on it, GREAT! And if it doesn't, no biggie, maybe next time. Out of all my birds, my cockatoos will be the firs...
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Stop! Are You Drying Your Bird Off With a Towel and Blow Dryer?!

Photo by Jamieleigh Location: Musha Cay, Bahamas During a shower: Blue and gold macaw "Jersey" Lately I've received a lot of emails and questions on the topic of bathing your bird and how to go about it without forcing, yet safely. I've found a lot of popular articles (like on ehow) that advice people to use a towel to dry their bird, and a ...
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Bathe Your Birds!

Dave and I were spending the day cleaning out the aviaries outside when I decided to give the parakeets a spray bottle bath inside and then thought, maybe I should offer my macaws outside a mist down since it was such a hot day out... so I did... Cash, my military macaw, immediately went in the opposite direction telling me that the spray bott...
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Getting Parrots to Like Other Parrots

Photo by Dave Location: Spokane, WA Pictured: African Grey "Cressi", Galah "Bandit" & Macaw "Jinx"   Remember my "Bathing = Bonding" post about how I used the act of showering/bathing my birds to get them to be OK next to one another, even though outside of that environment they hated one another? Well, I decided to try that AGAIN... and it...
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The Things They Get Into

   Photos by Jamieleigh Location: Dawn Princess, Princess Cruise Lines Drinking: Swainson Toucan "Fiji" A few years ago on board Princess Cruise Lines, I was with my Swainson Toucan, Fiji. Now Fiji knew a few behaviors on cue but I hadn’t gone into much detail with her on any real tricks. I was happy just having her around.   She pretty much own...
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Force Bathing Your Bird

Photo by Dave Location: Holland America Stateroom Shower Wet head: Congo African Grey "Cressi"  Although your bird should be bathing 5-7 times a week, force bathing your bird to do so is not the equivalent to that. No bird should be forced to bathe – if he or she is running in fear from the water, do not make him stay under it. Getting your b...
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