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kakigirl
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 9:41 am    Post subject: bathing

How important is it that our kaks have a bath and how often?? My female kak LOVES to bathe in the kitchen sink she has a bath every day but my younger kak won't bath except occasionally he will splash in his water dish I guess eventually he might come around and bath outside of his cage.

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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 10:16 am    Post subject:

I think they're fine without them...but they do love them so much (it has to be good for psychological health)...
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 13, 2004 1:36 pm    Post subject:

Im a great beliver in as a natural enviroment as possible...
I assume your kikes a in smaller cages..where as ours are in flights.
Our Birds, kikes kings etc all tend to bath early morning, (most days) summer or winter, althu sometimes in the afternoon,
We have seen birds that havnt had access to regular bathing and they may take weeks months to take the plunge, often a lite spray with the hose occasionally gets them used to being wet.
Dust baths are also an important part of a birds grooming, we have about 30mm clean dry pumice sand in the bottom of the flights, over the concret.
It also makes the weekly rake and clean of flights very easy.

Remeber kikes spend a lot of the time digging/scratching thru the forrest floor, in the wild, and do so in the flights also.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 6:26 am    Post subject: baths

My birds are in good size cages with lots of room to move around but they are not an aviary. I live in Canada with VERY nasty winters so my birds are inside. I fill the kitchen sink and my oldest kak loves to splash around and play she ducks her head right under its quite fun to watch. Maybe with time my other one will get to like it but he does like to be sprayed and he gets in his water dish and splashes around.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 14, 2004 8:52 am    Post subject:

I think u have come across the basic reason for the fasionation of parrots.
Unlike most other bird species, each parrot has its own personality, likes and dislikes.
When the sprinklers are turned on in the finch cage, all the finches jump under...in the flights with parrots some love it, others have a quick splash.
I used to have a sulphur crested, one would turn the hose on him in the backyard, just strong enough to knock him over and roll him around, like a dog.
Sam would get in the shower with me! At the beach he would play in the small waves on the shore , getting rolled over, and sit on my arm , I would lower him neck deep in the spa pool. Shocked
Each parrot is different, just like ppl, they have different levels of trust, confidence, likes , dislikes, talents...one cant expect the same from each or force it upon them, just observe and build on the individual....and that is the ultimate fasination, just like we do with our children.

MaybeThis should have gone under the stories section ??

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PostPosted: Fri Oct 15, 2004 9:42 am    Post subject:

I hope this works, two of my kakariks bathing !


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PostPosted: Sat Oct 16, 2004 3:50 am    Post subject:

I think bathing is really important for Kakarikis. My birds really enjoy a bath at anytime of the year. Our summers are hot, 30 -35C and winters can be quite cold, freezing at night and 10 -16C during the day. The Kakarikis don't care, they bath anytime, they will even bath with frost / ice on the water. The great thing is they teach my other birds in ajoining avairies the joys of bathing.

We had three Spotted Eagle Owls a few years ago that we rehabilitated and they loved bathing. They started under the sprinkler and rolled around in wet grass and then progressed to a bird bath. It was incredible to watch.

By the way Kak is a four letter word in Afrikaans in South Africa meaning the same as shit in English so it is quite amusing for a South African to see some of the abreviations used on Kakariki sites.

Cheers I am off for the week-end. My first pair of Lutinos have two eggs for the first time.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 8:39 am    Post subject: Wont bath

Hi,

We have only had Nana a couple of months but she has settled in just fine thanks to the advice from here. We cant get her to have a bath tho.

She will sometimes dip her belly in the water bowl but has no interest in the bowl we put out for her, We have tried leaving it in the bottom of her cage for a couple of weeks so she had time to get used to it but she never went near it. So i moved it to the kitchen for her and again left it, she still wont go in.

I am beginning to get worried as the tips of her wings are now viably dirty.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 22, 2012 10:17 am    Post subject:

hiya amy you you can try sprayeng her with a mist spray... like for plants....to get her used to the water... have you tried different dishes for her to bath in i have 2 hand raised kakarikies in the house... they havent learned from parents.... one likes to bath in the sink or a large stainles steel bowl but the other prefurs the plastic square bird bath in the cage. just make it an inch or so deep to start with and also chuck a couple of sunflower seeds in.... they are very inquisitive... splash your fingers in the water a bit ....and then turn away and dont watch her.... good luck
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