Showers and a Parakeet
Be sure to first read Why Budgies should Bathe to learn more about the basics of birds and bathing. Once your bird enjoys a bath, you can share this joy with them! Make sure that you've already got your keet used to bathtubs before you move along to this step.
Parakeets and Bathtime
This works best if you have a see-through shower curtain, because while your keet might be afraid of a shower, your keet definitely enjoys doing fun things with you. Set up the shower head to point straight down, so you can leave the curtain partially open. Now set up a perch for your keet so she can sit and watch you.
The first few times you try this, don't try to get your bird near the shower. The first aim is just to get your bird used to the room itself, to the sounds and noises. Set your keet down on the perch, then take your shower as usual. Be sure to talk to your bird and let her know you are having fun in there.
After 3-4 times of just getting the keet used to the room, now it's time to move things along. Start the water running as usual, at a nice lukewarm temperature. Walk towards the shower, talking soothingly to the keet. If she flies over to her perch, that's fine. Let her be there. Each time, she should let you get closer and closer to the water, because she understands that this is a normal situation to be in. Eventually she will let you be in the shower, with her on your finger.
The main stream is usually too strong for a keet, so there are several options that seem to work well. One is to cup your hands together, to catch water in them. Then your keet can splash around in your cupped hands as if it was a bathtub. Another technique is to let water run off your body, and put your finger-perch underneath that more gentle stream.
Your keet might just take a quick dunk or two, or might play in the water until she is completely soaked. Either way, don't force the keet to stay, but do play with her for as long as she wants to. Often the keet will fly up to the curtain rod to take a break, then fly down again for more splashing. Be sure to keep an eye on the keet - a soaking wet keet will have trouble flying, and might need help in getting back to a regular perch area.
When you're done, remember that a soaking wet bird can catch a chill if brought out into a cold / breezy area. Let the bird dry out or, to help things along, get a hair dryer set on low breeze, low heat. Many keets love this part, just try to blow dry the keet from a distance so you do not blast the poor little thing with air!
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