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Old 05-19-2017, 01:59 PM
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Does anyone have any tips on getting budgies to take a bath. I have tried wet leaves, spraying and bath tubs, and Mal and Merc refuse all of it/or are terrified.

I wouldn't be too fussed, but Mal has had a daft spinach stain above his nose for about a week now XD

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The likelihood of the stain coming out from a bath are pretty remote, imo.

Sometimes I put the bird bath out and they ignore it and other times they kinda queue up for their turn. I think if one of them tries it the other might do.

If you have an actual bird bath, you could try and put some seed in it so they can see it's not scary, or even just wash the bath so they can see the droplets of water on it.

My birds experienced their bird bath out of the cage for the first time and I can now add one to the entrance and they'll go in if they want too.
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This is my setup and it is a bit elaborate but it worked for me and I cannot get the boys (Banjo & Dixie) out of the water at times. They are like monkeys and play follow-the-leader wading and splashing even on the rainiest of days. I essentially got two clamp on baths and put one on the inside and one on the outside of the cage right behind each other. I always put seed and/or treats in the outside one. I tie some of their favorite toys nearby and provide perches nearby.

I studied the birds going in and out of the cage and decided that if I put a bath by the opening they might just use it on their way in and out of the cage. After a few weeks of them using it on and off I decided to take a second bath that we bought for the quarantine cage and position it adjacent to it on the outside of the cage after our second bird finished with his quarantine. They routinely descend from their swing perches each morning to fresh water and drink and then after eating they begin bathing coming back to it throughout the day. Each evening I routinely remove both baths and rinse them and leave them on the drying rack. I do leave a bottle of clean water in the cage 24/7 which they also drink from. On hot days I even put water in both baths and they really go at it. 3 months ago they would not even look at the bath. Now they are in it daily. Again,elaborate but it works for us.
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Personally, I wouldn't worry about the spinach stain at all. It will wear off with time.

If it is really bothering you, (Remember that Mal couldn't care less!) wet a Q-tip with Renu Contact lens solution and rub the stain in the direction the feathers grow. The Renu Solution will remove the stain.
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My lad won't go in a bath, but he loves a shower under a very gently running tap in the sink.

For a flock shower, you could try placing the cage minus the bottom tray part into an empty bath and gently trickle some water from the shower head? Obviously you would probably have to introduce them to this in stages so they got used to it gradually.
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It is my understanding that the Original Poster was asking how to remove the stain rather than how to get her birds to bathe.

Removal of the stain has been addressed in my previous post.

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