Courage in My Cupped Hand

After several failed attempts, I finally got Mango to enjoy getting under the running water faucet in the kitchen today! The trick was to gently let the water run into my cupped hand so that he could drink it and then eventually walk underneath the stream of water from my arm, when he felt ready. After that, it was full-on birdie bath time!


As you can see from the picture, he got himself really wet, and I was thrilled to be able to get his very first “wet birdie” picture. For those of you who don’t know, those are classics and the world of parrot ownership!

If you have a bird and you are having difficulties getting it to enjoy baths, try different approaches. Some birds will see a dish of water and jump right in. Others prefer a more creative approach, such as being offered a wet piece of a green, like kale, which they can roll around on. This also usually makes for healthy snacking for the bird! Using a spray bottle containing fresh water and misting your feathered friend is also an option. Ensure that your water is room temperature, and never spray your bird in the eye. Our cockatiel loves this approach, and it’s fun to watch him spread his wings and walk around as he is being spritzed.









5 thoughts on “Courage in My Cupped Hand”

      1. The geese do, too. The ducks just seem to enjoy it more. The chickens prefer to have dust baths. They find a spot with soft dirt or sand and roll around like a pig in mud.

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  1. That is adorable!!
    Olive likes to hop into a dish of water when she is feeling brave, but Kiwi has never gotten the courage to do that. 🙂 I usually midst them and they seem to enjoy baths that way. How often do you bathe your birds?

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    1. Sadly to say, I don’t bathe my birds very often at all. Mostly lately because it’s been colder, but now that the weather warmed up, I’m going to try to do it at least every couple of weeks. All of them have different preferences. Some will get in a dish, my cockatiel Sydney likes to be sprayed, and Mango apparently likes to go under the faucet LOL.

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