|He wasn't an enthusiastic bather
at first, but tolerated it well after about 3 weeks of careful
patience and persistence. I started
each shower the same way - with him on his T-stand while I lathered
up. Then when he jumped to the top of the shower stall I'd bring him
into the stall and away we go!
Inch by inch he gradually
I put more and more of his tail into the
stream, and in the end he was OK with having the water on his
back up as far as his neck.
At that point I started putting him
directly on the shower perch as soon as the water temperature
was comfortable. He wasn't too sure about that - and
the first time he pretty much sat still until I was nearly
ready to get out of the shower - and then he'd poke his head
into the water.
And so it went.
In all, it took about 3 weeks of
working with him before he was ready to accept getting
Once he started putting his head into
the stream he quickly became an enthusiastic bather - so much
so that I found it was impossible to bathe with him - he'd hog
the water and push me out of the way.
These days he bathes by
I offer him a
shower about three times a week.
I put him on the shower
perch, position a bucket under him (we are careful about
saving water here - we use shower run-off water in my flower
garden), and turn on the water so that there's a light
spray coming out (certainly not full force).
allowed up to 3 minutes in the shower. I think he'd be
happy to stay there all day, but (again) we
are careful about water use. George has learned that he
can't take all day, so he doesn't waste time. He dives
in and makes the most of it right away.
started him with bath water at the lowest temperature I'm
comfortable with, knowing that hot water would likely not be
the best, most natural choice for him. Once he was happy
to bathe alone, I gradually tried lower and lower water
temperatures. I've not noticed that he objects to cold
tap water, so that is what he bathes with now.
you can see from these pictures, George's shower perch is
positioned so that the water is running only on the very tip
of the perch. That allows George to step in and out of
the water at will. He will tolerate having the water on
him continually, but seems to prefer being in control. I
can't blame him.
that his feathers be completely dry by bedtime, so bath time
happens only in the morning, never after noon. Once he's
soaking wet, I make sure he's in a warm room free of drafts.
he's enthusiastic, but some days he is reluctant about
stepping on the shower perch. When he's not clearly
enthused, we skip the shower that day. I feel strongly
about letting George decide for himself.