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How do I get my Cockatiels to bathe?

honkwee

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My cockatiels refuse to bathe! I am very inexperienced with birds, so any advice would be greatly appreciated! They hate getting misted, refuse to use a bird bath, refuse to use a shallow bowl, refuse to use a plate and I don't know what else to do. Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you!!
 

Ripshod

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My cockatiels refuse to bathe! I am very inexperienced with birds, so any advice would be greatly appreciated! They hate getting misted, refuse to use a bird bath, refuse to use a shallow bowl, refuse to use a plate and I don't know what else to do. Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you!!
A lot of tiles never bathe so don't worry about it. Just leave them a dish of water in case they suddenly decide to take a dip.
 

Sunni Tiel

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My cockatiel Sunni only accepts baths on warm days with slightly above room temp water from the clear spray bottle on fine mist inside his cage on his favorite perch. Don't ask how long it took me to figure that out lol. He only sometimes accepts baths in the shower.

It totally depends on the bird. Offer baths in every way you can think of, but many cockatiels are just too picky and will never like baths.

Edit: forgot to mention it has to be darkish or cloudy outside for sunni to accept baths. He only bathes on the rare occasions that all of his requirements are met.
 

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All I’ve ever done is offer Mimi a shallow dish of water every day, but each bird is different and some won’t try bathing for ages. When she was younger, I remember putting on rain sounds to try to introduce her to the idea.

But I’d just keep offering!

The mist bottle can be a bit scary if they aren’t actively taking a bath. I only use it whenever she’s already in the pool of water and putting her wings up.
 

Mark & Da Boyz

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Good luck. Before I was forced to rehome my Tiel 3 out of 3 hated baths as a rule. I could every once in awhile I could get Nibble to take one but Piper and Dodger...no way!
 

Veritgo01

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Watch for bathing behaviors when they are at the drinking bowl. If they are using their beak to splash the water around then it is a good sign that they want a bath. I would try to mist them and see if they open their wings and fluff up. If they walk away then stop and don’t press the issue.
 

Skum

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My cockatiels refuse to bathe! I am very inexperienced with birds, so any advice would be greatly appreciated! They hate getting misted, refuse to use a bird bath, refuse to use a shallow bowl, refuse to use a plate and I don't know what else to do. Does anyone have any ideas? Thank you!!
Give them a shower in the kitchen sink or shower. Simply hold them under warm water in the sink or stick them under the shower with them on your finger. When I got my 1 yr. old tiel I stuck her under the shower, she spread her wings in shock but realised she liked it. She takes a shower at least once a week
 

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My cockatiel doesnt like misting or baths however he often splashes water from his bowl over him and on hot days will let me splash water over him.
 

Amber2018

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I find the running water can sometimes put my cockatiels in the mood for a dip or a spray. Sometimes I bring them in the washroom with me while I take a shower so they can get some of the humidity. Like others have said, leave a very shallow bowl around your tiel and see if he takes a dip!
 

Pearly

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I have been using the shower head to bathe the birds in a bath cage. This ensure a thorough wash rather than waiting for them to bathe themselves.

Regards,
 
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