Post by graciesmom on Sept 22, 2018 14:22:55 GMT -5
Well, here I am again! The ongoing saga of Learning Miss Gracie. Just a quick question.. 4 mo old Gracie hated being misted at bath time and the faucet was a giant creature come to get her. So I bought a 5×7 pyrex dish and put some lukewarm water in it. She hopped right in and did her best to bathe. Twice! Here's the question: What kind and size bath accessory does your QP use? I'm wondering if this might be too small for her. Sighhh...hang in there with me folks, between Miss Gracie's determination to teach her parront to get things right and your guidance, we're almost there! 😄
Both Ralph and Scooter prefer bathing in their drinking water dishes. Ralph won't use anything else, but he wants to be misted at the same time he's splashing in the water in his dish (I fill it almost to the top when he "asks" for a bath). Scooter the CAG gets more water on the bottom of her cage than on herself, but she's scared of any other kind of dish or bowl. I mist her too, though she doesn't really like it much. She's learned to expect a misting when Ralph gets one, and accepts it grudgingly.
Bonnie uses a small oven baking tray (metal), but I've often wondered if she would prefer a Pyrex glass one or else a ceramic one. She doesn't have a lot of baths (maybe once per week), so I mist her with the spray bottle the rest of the time.
Post by graciesmom on Sept 24, 2018 22:04:58 GMT -5
Yikes!😳 When I got home from work today, apparently she had taken a bath in her drinking cup! The front side of her cage was still dripping and water drops were all over my nearby couch. Must've been some kind of a party! And to think I was afraid her pyrex dish was too small! Little buggar showed me!😄
I use a deep dish Pyrex lasagne pan. I don't think it's quite deep enough. I went to an estate sale and bought a heavy duty roasting pan with 2 handles...perches? Haha..he was only getting his underside wet and his wings and back were always dry. I've seen other birds,and the ones that visit my pond too,stretch their wings out all the way and rush water over their heads in the water falls. This will be his 6th bath tub. The one thing that worked to get him in was to put a black plastic tray under the glass pan,as well as a slate rock he could step on. A small toy helped. Now he doesn't use the rock and just jumps in. The new pan I'm gonna try is a half inch or so deeper...he'll probably hate me for this. ..Budz can be finicky. I usually leave the room so he can bathe in private..so vain.
The stepping rock is a good idea. I used to put one in the bath dish in our outdoor aviary. It meant that any baby canaries/other species could safely get out without drowning if they missed their footing. It's good if they get a choice of depths.
The stepping rock is a flat 1/2 inch slate that ya can get at any aquarium store or landscape supply store. I have a few along with a heart shaped limestone I found,but I use that for his foraging rock..for his fresh veggie tray. It's funny to see them test the water 1st like we would do getting into the shower! When he looks at his bath water,I swirl my fingers around in it..telling him it's ok.
I had not thought of a stepping rock! Of course, her 5x7 pyrex doesn't leave her much room for a misstep and her back and wings stay dry as well. As much as she loves her bath,(exhibitionist, she doesn't care who watches), I think a new, bigger bathtub with a flat slate rock is in order as well as a raincoat for me Lol!😏
Well tomorrow is buddy 's bath day..every 3rd. It's also trash day,which means father son bonding day...cleaning cages. So I'll let him splash all over the floor. That way,he " helps" me loosen the flinging s of food and poop off the floor. Clean bird,clean cages,clean floor..if only for a moment in time...