By Diane Burroughs
This third insight as to why Peachy is an exceptional male Moluccan Cockatoo pet continues upon the theme that the foundation of a happy and “fun to be around” pet bird trusts you will provide comfort, enrichment and safety. Pet bird bath time helps a lot.
Peachy is fed a superior, avian vet recommended diet (Harrison’s Bird Food.) And, on top of that, he gets “parrot personalized spa treatment” regularly. No Worries!!! It’s not that difficult or time consuming. Cleaning up the dander of an un-bathed Cockatoo takes much more time consuming (and, you have to content with smelly chemicals, too!)
When I signed my adoption papers for Peachy, I agreed to provide a parrot-worthy home for him. Nancy at Bird’s Of Paradise in Wichita, KS , looked me in the eye and clearly told me that Peachy needed a bath every day. Looking back, this advice was really important. People are captivated by birds not only because they can learn to talk, but they have such astoundingly beautiful feathering. Moluccan Cockatoo’s sport a beautiful peach flavor in their white background feathering. I’ve so often enjoyed and showed off Peachy’s astounding colorful feathers.
But, Nancy knew that the dust that powder-down parrots give off can be difficult to live with. First, dusty feathers appear dull. A dull looking parrot isn’t pretty, nor is it comfortable. All that dust dries out your birds skin, makes the feathers appear unhealthy and makes your parrot feel yucky. It knows it is not in superior condition. Feather condition significantly affects a wild parrots ability to feel healthy and attract a mate. Our captive parrots have these same needs but moreover, dust from feathers affects allergies and heating systems of domestic pet parrots. I had a furnace guy ask me if I’d done some recent dry wall work when he saw Peachy’s dust embedded in my furnace.
Feather dust is a sign of a healthy cockatoo but if you run an expensive heating and cooling system, that oily feather dust is problematic. Bathing your parrot several times a week not only relieves skin discomfort - thereby making your parrot more comfortable so that it can concentrate it’s energies on behaving in a way that pleases you, but it also saves your furnace system.
A parrot with dusty dirty feathers is driven to preen them for flight. But a domesticated parrot that will probably not fly will use it’s energy to prepare it’s feathers to fly. Even to the point of over preening or even feather plucking.
Peachy gets a lot of baths. I can’t handle having that greasy based feather dust all over the house. But, more importantly, Peachy needs to NOT worry about the conditions of his feathers nor cope with the itchy dry skin of a parrot that doesn’t feel clean. Lots of Cockatoo’s have the reputation of being feather pluckers but Peachy has never engaged in feather plucking because he has a foundation of feeling physically healthy with a great parrot diet and a clean parrot body.
How’d you help your pet bird to enjoy bird baths?