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My GCC stopped bathing?

Discussion in 'Behavior Byway' started by d_msparkles, 6/8/18.

  1. d_msparkles

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    Waffle has only been home a couple weeks. S/he was learning to bathe when we brought Waffle home, and established a great daily routine - eat breakfast, watch morning news (not kidding!), take bath in water dish, relax & fluff & sometimes fall asleep.
    Now suddenly Waffle doesn't bother with the morning bath. WTH? The only thing I can think of is that I was a work conference for a couple days which obviously disrupted Waffle's routine. But even now that we've gotten back to normal, the baths are not happening. Waffle is also clearly napping a lot less.
    I will be picking up a spray bottle this evening, and I have a shower perch I want to work toward. I don't like Waffle getting in the kitchen sink because there are just too many bird hazards in the kitchen. Do you think Waffle will go back to bowl bathing, or is s/he just done with it now?
     
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    Sometimes my green cheek took 3 baths a day. Then she'd go a few weeks without a bath! I wouldn't be too worried; most birds know when they need one :)
     
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    LOL, that's good to know. We have our first checkup tomorrow morning so I'm slightly embarrassed. Waffle is not stinky, though. :D
     
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    My fids don’t bath for a week sometimes, and the next week they bath every morning:)
     
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    OMG. I read that your GCC had stopped breathing.
    So he/she is a little stinky at least he/she is alive. :hehe:
     
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    I read that first too:rofl:
     
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    Oh no!!! Good point! :omg:
     
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    My new GCC fid is erratic with bathing, too. So far the nice dishes of water do not compare well to his drinking dish. Since I was told by his foster family that he got an infection from bathing in his water dish with left-over dunked food, I am changing his water several times a day. My lovie used to bathe every couple of days, but she was very ritualistic. She had to be at the sink, with my hands as her pedestal/tub. I think when Waffles gets back in the swing of things it will be fine.
     
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    Hope the check up goes well!
     
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    GCC bath update: first real bath since he came home. I was at the sink and he flew over to me. From past birdie experience I thought it could be interest in a bath and got out a glass pie plate. He likes shallow better, it turns out. That was one drenched bird after about a minute and a half.

    How was the vet visit?
     
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    Yeah, Waffle still has no interest in baths, but the vet said it’s normal for them to go through these phases. Everything was clean so it wasn’t a concern.
    Overall the checkup went well, but Waffle had a little bacterial overgrowth in the tummy. Apparently I’ve been overdoing it on the fruit. :ashamed1: We got some recommended pellets & a probiotic sample to get things back on track.
     
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