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parakeet shampoo? #388778 11/09/09 12:21 AM
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is there any types of shampoos i can use for ziggy

Re: parakeet shampoo? [Re: Ziggy] #388787 11/09/09 01:23 AM
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I have never seen any, but you never know.

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Re: parakeet shampoo? [Re: LuvMyPets] #388791 11/09/09 01:35 AM
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I would be really cautious about using any soap substance on a parakeet. I was just at the vet with Pinto for her tumor, and we got to talking about cleaning cages. The vet agreed completely with never using soap on a cage, just water with a tiny amount of bleach.

You would never wash your *parakeet* with bleach smile So for parakeets I think warm water should be enough.

What did you want to add shampoo for? Is your keet particularly dirty?


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Re: parakeet shampoo? [Re: Lisa Shea] #388813 11/09/09 02:59 AM
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juss a tad bit he washed up in water yesterday and i wasnt going to use any soaps on ziggy w/o making sure it was safe.

Re: parakeet shampoo? [Re: Ziggy] #388825 11/09/09 06:16 AM
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I'm not sure I would call soap "not safe" - I don't think it would instantly slay your keet, for example. But I'm not sure it brings any benefit that would outweigh the annoyance for your keet of having it in the eyes or mouth or so on. Regular warm water will wash just as well, for the average keet level of dirt smile


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Re: parakeet shampoo? [Re: Lisa Shea] #388831 11/09/09 06:28 AM
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I've noticed at Petco, that they have a few different kinds of "bird bath sprays". I don't use them so IDK what the pros and cons would be. also I've never read anything on here about that. Or in any of the research I've done on parakeets.

Ziggy, I'd be careful using things like that. I notice when my birds bathe, that the water's always a little cloudy. Not much though, and since they use their mouth and beaks to preen and clean themselves, It seems to me that those sprays would get into their mouth and into their systems. So that does not sound good IMO.

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Re: parakeet shampoo? [Re: Lisa Shea] #388859 11/09/09 03:25 PM
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Not long ago, after bathing, my (mostly) white Budgie decided to rub against a vegetable dyed wooden perch and her tummy turned orange shocked! The other did something similar - rubbed her wet face on a red vegetable dyed wooden block and when I first saw her I nearly had a heart attack-I thought she was bleeding! It took approximately 3 baths and at least 4 times of me misting the white one for it to fade. I couldn't wait for the orange to be gone-she looked so silly. The other one within a day had stuck her head under water & in her food dish enough times for it to come off.
Anyway, I wouldn't use soap or any of those sprays on a bird. Birds are very clean creatures and will preen and bathe sufficiently if offered cool water, mist, or wet greens. Most shampoos, soaps, and mists have some sort of chemical, dye, scent, or preservative that could be questionable/toxic.

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The vet agreed completely with never using soap on a cage, just water with a tiny amount of bleach.


Yikes! I can't fathom why he would suggest using bleach. Chlorine bleach is a lung irritant and is corrosive to skin and eyes in humans. I know he is probably saying to use a tiny diluted amount, but still I would never want that in my bird's mouth/cage, and I would imagine the fumes alone could harm a bird. Disinfectants such as bleach are considered pesticides! When I was a teenager and worked in a restuarant they were fined for me accidentally using too much bleach in the dish rinse. I used 1 small capful in 20+ gallons of water -and the health dept. said that was too much for humans. I only bring this up because I hope none of the kids who frequent this forum don't read the above, use bleach and accidentally kill their bird(s). cry
There are soaps that are chemical, preservative, scent, and dye-free that are derived from corn or coconut and are bird safe. This is what I use on my cages and all my bird toys. I would never not wash them with (bird-safe) soap.
As for disinfecting, distilled white vinegar is safe and non-toxic. Rids approx. 99% of all bacteria. I have read others on this forum use apple cider vinegar, which supposedly does the same. I have read that a 1/2 hour soak of 50% white vinegar with 50% hydrogen peroxide (which is an oxygen bleach and completely different from chlorine bleach) followed by a thorough rinse does the job for thoroughly disinfecting bird cages and should be done every 2 weeks.

Re: parakeet shampoo? [Re: Love My Budgies] #388864 11/09/09 04:41 PM
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For Jazz, I usually introduce the bathroom sink to him with a little bit of warm water, but sometimes he refuses and choose the actual bathtub. Warm water is the best. Make sure your parakeet is in a warm place after they have bathed. Jazz usually preens for an hour after his bath. :] Hope this helps!




Re: parakeet shampoo? [Re: Jessica Cole] #388866 11/09/09 06:36 PM
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I agree with the above posters- just plain old water is sufficient smile
I also agree with Love My Budgies about not using bleach for cage cleaning. ACV/water does just fine and is safe, for cage and toy cleaning/disinfecting.
I have read about using bleach and rinsing extremely well, but I wouldn't chance it.

Does Ziggy like to take bathes?




Re: parakeet shampoo? [Re: kksuns] #388873 11/09/09 09:28 PM
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LoL i dont think so.

he finally came out w/out flying all around the room like a crazy bird lol and i was able to pet him =D really happy last 2 days he got really good and comfortable.lol but still doesnt eat pellets and hes perch trained =) but wont hop onto my finger yet everything else is good.

whats the best way the clean the bottom of his cage?

also he can eat w/out raisin his head every few secs if im the only one in the room

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