This guide covers the majority of what you need to know on how to properly bathe your Cockatiel. If you require additional information beyond what we have here, or if you have an emergency, there are advanced resources, as well as expert support information at the bottom of this page.
Do I bathe a Cockatiel?
Bathing a Cockatiel on a regular basis is needed for a number of reasons:
- It softens their skin
- Softens the keratin under its new feathers so they shed more easily
- Keeps the bird’s feathers looking bright and clean
- Reduces the amount of dander under the down feathers which are closest to the bird’s skin
How often do I bathe a Cockatiel?
These cute creatures produces more dander than any bird species, that’s why you don’t need to limit the amounts of baths it can have. If your Cockatiel loves a daily bath then it is certainly okay to give them one. There are two ways in bathing a Cockatiel, one is to perch them on your hand and let the light warm shower water go down on them, or you can simply give them misting spray bath which is a bit easier to do. However, make sure that you close all windows when bathing your Cockatiel to prevent your bird from catching a cold or getting chilly; try to avoid blow drying them because this will dry up your bird’s skin and this doesn’t help at all.
The best way is to let your bird preen, this will enable the moisture from the bird’s beak get into and applied to its drier feathers. After bathing a cockatiel and it’s still sopping wet then you can use a soft cloth to soak up some of the excess water and moisture from its body and feathers.
What are other ways of bathing a Cockatiel?
- Misting baths – This is the easiest way bathing a Cockatiel; you simply put the spray bottle on its mist point and shoot the water over the bird up in the air so that it comes onto the bird like rain. You should not point the trigger right at your bird for this will scare them and they may tend to shy away next time.
- Bowl bathing – Grab a large shallow bowl and put an inch of water into it. Your Cockatiel will do the rest, normally by flapping its wings on top of the water and rolling around to clean itself. If your bird shies away from this then try placing a mirror at the bottom of the bowl to help your bird a bit more motivated in taking a bath.
- Basic showering – Some birds doesn’t mind getting into the shower with their masters. If this is the case make sure that your bird has a perch inside the shower room or is on your hand the whole time. You want to make sure that the water temperature is just right, not too hot and not too cold. When bathing a Cockatiel prevent or avoid soap or chemicals from getting into your pet bird’s eyes and beak.
- Sink bathing – If you are going to do sink bathing make sure you have something at the bottom of the sink in order to prevent your bird from slipping. You simply let the cold water run and let your bird clean itself, but you might have to get a little involved at first to give your bird some confidence. Having a mirror right next to them helps a lot as Cockatiels are interested in their reflections.
Are there any good books about Cockatiels?
These are some of the top-rated books available for Cockatiels care. If you are planning to invest in Cockatiels, we highly recommend grabbing at least one of these: