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Water bottle choice?

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Choice of water bottle for budgie? I have searched but with mixed results. What do you all recommend? Plastic? Large glass that might leak a little? Small glass? Any recommendations are welcome unless it’s against the forum rules.

note: my late budgie used one of those Snapple bottle kits that lixit made. I would use that but it is 10 years old and hard to disinfect. Thanks.
 

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I don't like using water bottles as I think they can grow bacteria too easily and sometimes it takes a birds a while to figure out how to use them. I just use a bowl for water.
 

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I don't like using water bottles as I think they can grow bacteria too easily and sometimes it takes a birds a while to figure out how to use them. I just use a bowl for water.
My last parakeet that passed recently after 10 years always used a water bottle after training him to use it. The problem I had with the dish is that no matter where I would place it in the cage he would put food in the water. Sometimes poop in it. I don’t know how but if I wasn’t home four times a day to change it, it got gross quick. Tiny parakeet. Big mess with the water dish. I’m not always home every day all day but most days I am home the majority of the time. I have tried two water dishes in the past. Double the mess. My goodness I miss him.

I do understand where you are coming from as water bottles need to be brushed out and cleaned and changed frequently especially a little tiny bottle brush for the tube so that there is no chance that they are not getting water. what I think I will do is put a water dish underneath the bottle for the future bird I am adopting. That way he or she will have a choice and I just have to keep after both. Thanks so much for your input.
 

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I don't like using water bottles as I think they can grow bacteria too easily and sometimes it takes a birds a while to figure out how to use them. I just use a bowl for water.
On top of this, some birds learn to hold the ball up, letting the water pour out. If this goes unnoticed, the bird can dehydrated without water.
 

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I will consider the water dishes only. No bottle. Thank you for your input.
 

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On top of this, some birds learn to hold the ball up, letting the water pour out. If this goes unnoticed, the bird can dehydrated without water.
Burt has a toggle lever thing rather than a ball in his carrier water bottle which he holds open to let the water run out :laugh:
 

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Burt has a toggle lever thing rather than a ball in his carrier water bottle which he holds open to let the water run out :laugh:
I have heard of these things. They have some sort of thing that the bird has to depress but it is not like the stainless steel balls in most things. When I find the right one to adopt and bring home I will ask and find out what he or she drinks out of and then we can figure it out.
 

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Burt has a toggle lever thing rather than a ball in his carrier water bottle which he holds open to let the water run out :laugh:
I did not state it, but I am guessing that you figured out how I know that this is a possibility. I did learn though to put a water bowl directly under it so that he did not run out of water, but at that point, the bottle was utterly pointless.
 
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