Archive for August, 2007

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Learning About Conures as Pets

August 27, 2007

The Conure: An Owner’s Guide to a Happy Healthy Pet is a good book for people wanting to learn the basics of living with a conure.

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Bathtime

August 5, 2007

Conures love to take baths and/or showers. Bathing is important for the bird’s health and comfort, especially during molting season. You should give your parrots a bath or shower several times a week. Stewie started taking little baths in his water bowl, but the bowl was too small for Stewie to fit his entire body in. So he’d only get his front wet.

So cute! He’d make these really happy, chirpy (almost purring) noises when he was getting wet.

I tried introducing larger containers into the cage so he could take a proper bath, but he ignored the bowls, tupperware, large plates… And my attempts to spritz him with water from these containers did not meet with approval.

Today I took Stewie into the bathroom while I took a shower. I didn’t take him into the shower because I thought that might be too aggressive. But I did get a pump-style spray bottle and misted him thoroughly. He didn’t act like he enjoyed it, but he didn’t try to run away or react negatively. I played in the spray and cheered like a bozo to show him that it was a fun thing. I think he’s probably going to get cleaned via misting from now on.

Important: it’s important to spray up into the air and let the mist fall down on the bird. Never spray water directly into the bird’s face.

Bathtime for Stewie