How To Give A Parrot A Bath

How To Give A Parrot A Bath

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.  Remember that healthy birds throw off feather dust and dander when you're cleaning up that mess!  Its important to know how to give a parrot a bath to keep your house clean and allergies at bay.

Bathing a parrot is easy.

My Swiffer Duster really is no contest for oily feather dust.    The oily feather dust is a little sticky and it repels water thereby keeping a wild or outdoor bird from getting soaked and chilled.  That oil makes bird dust stick to everything, though.  The more you bathe your bird, the more of that messy dust goes down the drain.

At, 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.

How To Give A Parrot A Bath

Schedule Bathing Procedure

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 parrot ph balanced, low suds lather deeply cleans and conditions each feather thoroughly and its gentle on the skin, too.  Parrot shampoo cleans heavily soiled feathers and more thoroughly removes the protective dust - so you definitely don't want to over do it.  We use it before a vacation when our birds will be in the car for a long trip or when our birds have become very soiled for one reason or another - like Smokey bathing in a dirty water dish.

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