Birds really like and enjoy bathing and they do this about once or twice a week. This not only keeps their skin and feathers healthy and in good condition but it also helps to reduce the amount of dust that would otherwise accumulate on their feathers. You can give your bird a bath right after you have cleaned out its cage (make sure to change the paper on the bottom of the birdcage once your bird dries). Avoid leaving the covering of the floor damp because it can accumulate mold. It's also important to be careful of the weather temperature before bathing your bird. Make sure the room you do this in is warm and free of drafts. If you are interested in bathing your bird outside do it in the morning or afternoon (this way the feathers will dry out completely before the nighttime).
Smaller birds like canaries, lovebirds, budgies etc really enjoy jumping around in containers with water. There are special bathing containers or cups that clips onto the bird's birdcage for them to bathe in. You can also place a shallow dish inside the birdcage (the dish should be shallow to avoid the bird from drowning). The water you put in this cup or dish should be lukewarm. Most birds will jump and hop around in the water, shake their feathers out and then get back inside the water. It's important to also keep their bathing dish clean by washing it frequently.
Larger parrots do not usually like to bathe themselves in standing water but do enjoy having water sprayed on them. You must always use a spray bottle that is new and which has never had any kind of disinfectants or other cleaning agents. Fill the spray bottle with water that is slightly warm (it is best not to use cold water even on hot days) and set the nozzle for the finest spray possible. Hold the spray bottle approximately thirty centimeters away from the bird and spray the water into the air above the bird not directly onto the bird.
Spraying powder down birds with water everyday will help greatly to reduce the amount of powder in the bird's feathers. When your bird's feathers are wet from its bath, shower or misting, it is best to keep the bird in a warm location (that is protected from any form of breeze) until it has completely dried.
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