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my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do?

Posted By: Abby&scitals

my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 05:51 PM

my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do?
Posted By: Abby&scitals

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:08 PM

i was trying to encourage them and i started to splash and i got water in there faces,could that kill them?
Posted By: atc_jason

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:22 PM

Water in their face won't kill them. As long as your talking about drips. Now if your dunking their heads in water, which I'm sure your not, that's another story.
Encouragment is okay, but with things like that I usually let my birds explore and find out what they are on their own. I put my keets bathtub near their playgym. They didn't use it for a few days, but after they got used to seeing it, they would begin to explore it. Once they figured out what it was they started using it every day. Maybe get one with a mirror on the bottom, that could speed up the comfort level if they see another "bird" in there.
Keets love water so it shouldn't take them long to like it. But make sure it's luke warm water. If they are shivering maybe the water is too cold, or the room is to cold. Always have a warm area for them to dry off wink
Posted By: ReggieTheBudgie

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:23 PM

Well if they're taking baths, how could getting water in their faces kill them?

On the question of what to do after their bath, you need to keep them in a warm place until they're dry.
Posted By: Alyssa

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:25 PM

Yes it can kill them. A small drop of water getting into the lungs can, because they are SO small. Don't spalsh your birds.. try the sink.. keep it on really, really low, warm water, lay a perch across it, and sit them on the perch with the water going on the middle of it. Cover any mirrors and close the toilet when your in the bathroom. Stay with them the entire time. Dont splash them but you can lay your finger under the water and "direct" the water to flow closer to where they are, but make sure its not spalshing them. Dont force them in the water/water on them if they dont want it. If they are shivering they are way too cold. You need to turn off any AC, Fans, ect, keep them warm. You can hold them gently in a towel but if they want out try putting them in the cage and use a hair dryer on the LOWEST heat setting and dry them that way. Dont hold the hair dryer on them for even a minute, take it off for a few seconds, put it back on them for less than a minute, move it again, ect. You dont want to over heat them. Watch for 'panting', this means they are too hot. Make sure your holding the dryer a little more than arm length away from them. Cover the cage 3/4s. You dont have to completely dry them, just enough to stop the shivering and make them not look like a soaked rat, but dont turn any air/fan on till they are completely dry.
Posted By: Lindzey and the Gang

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:25 PM

Make sure their bath is fairly warm... not hot, but definatly not cold.
Posted By: Alyssa

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:28 PM

Guys, getting water in the face via splashing CAN kill the bird. Because the water is going directly to the face, not "flowing" down the face like it would if the were normally bathing, and they werent ready for it if its being splashed, either.
Posted By: ReggieTheBudgie

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:31 PM

I stand corrected, Alyssa. I never knew it was dangerous to spray them with water.
But what about letting them get into the shower with you then? I don't do it with my keets but I remember reading that a number of people do that.
Posted By: Abby&scitals

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:32 PM

ok thank you ppl for helping my they are not shivering anymore gust sneezing here in there,and preening them selfs.could the sneezing be a sigh of a cold?
Posted By: Alyssa

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:35 PM

You arent splashing you keets though, nora. They're prepared to get wet, and the shower goes straight down, not directly in your face. It's like, say, getting sprayed in the face with a water hose? You'd get water up your nose and mouth if you werent ready for it, and birds lungs are so small that just a drop could make them go into a fit of wheezing and they could possibly die. It's also perfectly ok to spray your keets, but not in the face. If you use a spraybottle, it's recommened that you hold it over them on the mist setting, so it gently falls over them, not spraying them straight on through the cage. Also, did you know you can encourage your bird to bath by running a VACCUM? I found this out yesterday and tried it. Cosmo wanted to bath, he tried to get in the water I put in there! It's weird :p

Also, if you spray your keet with a bottle try running the vaccum. I read that they are somewhat like most dogs and are scared of the "squirt squirt" sound the bottle makes.

Intersting fact, did you know humans could die from a teaspoon of water getting in their lungs?
Posted By: Abby&scitals

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:56 PM

i wasent splashing them in the face ether i was splashing around and she turned an it got her in the face.
Posted By: ReggieTheBudgie

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/19/05 06:56 PM

If that teaspoon of water stimulates a spasm of the larynx, then you can't breathe, that's what's lethal about getting water in your lungs. Normally though, as soon as water touches your trachea, it stimulates a cough reflex and you just cough the water out. I'm sure it's happened to everyone here at least once - when your drink "goes the wrong way".
So for a teaspoon of water to kill a human, some of their normal reflexes would have to be supressed.
Posted By: atc_jason

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/20/05 03:01 AM

I mist my birds all the time. And when I take showers they sit on the shower rod and love to be splashed. I do it all the time and by no means would I say it would kill them. I don't mean to be rude, but maybe under rare circumstances would splashing a bird kill them.
Posted By: budgie101

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/20/05 04:34 AM

I would not use a hair dryer at all because there is teflon inside the dryers. A hand towel will do but don't squish them in it. The bird have airsacs all in the chest area and if you sqeeze them there you can kill them.
Posted By: Shannon Botzler

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/20/05 06:25 AM

How often are you suppose to bath your keets?
Posted By: Aerial

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/20/05 07:26 AM

You bath your keets according to the weather. Warm weather, more often.
Never use cold water.
It's quite ok for them to get splashed with water, just not to an extreme when it will knock them over.
I've never yet come across a keet that drowned from having water splashed in it's face.
Posted By: Tweety-holic

Re: my birds are shivering after there bath do i keep them in a towl or what do i do? - 07/20/05 10:57 AM

One question...doesn't vaccums scare keets so much it can give them a heart attack? Also, is it true that in thunderstoms (I do this just in case) you need to move your keets where there are no windows, so they will think it is just house noises because they will have a heart attack if you don't?? One of those reasons is how my dear little Fluffy died. frown
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