By Diane Burroughs
If you love pet birds, you’ve come to realize just how messy they are! Birds not only toss their food and poop like clockwork, they endlessly emit dust and dander. Healthy birds throw off feather dust and dander. Bathing a parrot is easy.
My Swiffer duster really is no contest for oily feather dust. The oily feather is a little sticky and it dust repels water thereby keeping a wild or outdoor bird from getting soaked and chilled.
At BirdSupplies.com, we’ve got 4 Powder Down birds, birds that essentially throw off an oily based dust. In order to manage the endless mess, we’ve developed a bathing routine for our birds.
We offer a fresh water bath for each of our birds daily. The easiest way to bathe our birds is with a shower perch.
The heavy duty suction cups stick to a smooth surface shower wall. Our birds love the warm, gentle spray of a shower and we love washing feather dust right down the drain.
|Weekly||About once a week, we use Natra Pet Bird Bath Spray to loosen more stubborn dust and debris from individual feathers. This product contains Vitamins A, D & E as well as natural preening oils to moisturize the skin. We notice that our birds feathers are much cleaner, softer and more vibrant in color after using the bath spray. The natural preening oils promote healthy preening and relieve itchy skin.|
|Monthly (or less)||Every once in a while, and certainly no more than once a month, we do a deep conditioning style bath using Parrot Shampoo. The very low suds lather deeply cleans and conditions each feather thoroughly and the gentle shampoo conditions the skin. Parrot shampoo more thoroughly removes the protective dust so you definitely don’t want to over do it. We use it before a vacation or when our birds have become very soiled for one reason or another – like Smokey bathing in a dirty water dish.|