Do caged birds need a bath?
We know bird baths are popular for wild birds in our gardens, but what about pet birds?
Bathing is still vital for the proper maintenance of feathers. Getting their feathers wet encourages cleaning and preening, and removes any dirt to ensure they always look and feel their best.
Because the air in our homes is dry thanks to central heating, feathers and skin need extra encouragement to stay healthy. Birds should bathe daily and be encouraged to do so.
Dirty feathers are more susceptible to disease and bacteria. Not only does this lead to dull plumage, but they could lose feathers which prevents insulation and causes chills and sickness. A simple daily bath can solve this.
Don’t bathe them yourself – this could be stressful. If they need encouragement, a gentle spray with water and playing with the water in the bath could help. Budgies particularly love to be sprayed.
Which colour birdbath should I buy?
In the wild, colourful birdbaths attract birds. The same applies to your pets! Hence, most are bright colours.
Which colour doesn’t matter, but do try to opt for something bright and eye-catching.
How much should a bird bath cost?
In general, bird baths tend to be around the £10 – £15 range, with much larger models potentially stretching to £20
Much smaller or more basic plastic options may also drop to as low as £5.
What size bird bath does a parrot need?
To accomodate a bird as big as a parrot, you’ll definitely need to seek out a roomier bath house. A 20 x 20 cm size bath should be able to accommodate small to medium-sized parrots, but for the likes of a macaw, you’ll need to purchase a far bigger size of around 40 x 30 cm.