For the past few days Perri has been scratching a lot. I know it’s probably because some new feathers are coming in and those can be itchy! I’ve been meaning to give him a bath, but have been so busy lately that I totally forgot! Well, I guess he was tired of waiting for me because when I went to go take a break and talk to him, I found him drenched from head to toe! Apparently, he decided to take a bath in his water bowl! He must have been desperate because that is a pretty small bathtub and I’m sure the water was a little too cold for his liking! So now the water bowl was tinted a light green color, seeds on the bottom and feathers floating on top. Nice.
I felt bad for ignorning him, so I went and made him a bath. I use one of those heavy duty plastic plates… big enough for him to bathe in and not too deep, but not too shallow. I filled my parakeet bath with lukewarm water… you don’t want to burn your parakeet, but you don’t want him to freeze either! I put it on the floor with a towel underneath right next to his house. He really likes to play with the whiffle balls (especially in water), so I put one of those in his bath as well. He picks it up, soaking wet, and shakes it and makes a big mess, but he has fun!
But, he never came to his bath. He just sat in his house, cleaning his feathers. He even came out one time, looked at his bath, then looked at me, and went right back inside to sit on his perch and glare at me. Either he really didn’t want more bath time, or he was trying to make a point!
Needless to say, I will not ignore him again when I know he wants a bath.