Last Updated on April 13, 2022 by Ali Shahid
Generally, owners are advised to occasionally spray their budgies with water to make sure they are healthy. Ensure the water is warm enough to spray the budgies with. In cold weather, it is not advisable to spray budgies. If it is not possible in a warm environment, they will need time to air dry to prevent them from being harmed.
It is recommended that budgies are misted once or twice a week, depending upon the requirements. A fine mist of water is usually preferred by most budgies whenever they are sprayed. They’ll be encouraged to preen, their grooming routine will be more effective, and they’ll be cooled off during hot weather.
The use of a mist during a molt can offer several benefits, including reducing irritation, easing breathing, and even helping to keep feathers clean. As most birds do, budgies prefer open areas for their natural habitats.
Typically, birds in Australia live in warm, moist areas; however, they will migrate to avoid drought in dry regions. This means they see rain outside, something they are unlikely to experience in your home. In the wild, budgies also make use of the rain, as do most birds.
Should I spray my Budgie with water?
Water misting or spraying is a favorite activity of most budgies. On a hot day, you can use a spray bottle to entertain a bird or simply flick some water from your fingers to cool it down. It’s fun for budgies to play in water, and they have the instinct to bathe.
A birdbath in your backyard is the same as wild birds splashing around in a birdbath in the wilderness. Budgies can get wet without getting drowned if they are misted with water.
It would be able to preen its feathers and cool down, but not to the point where it feels in danger or agitated.
How to spray your budgies with Water?
You should ensure that you correctly spray your pet bird to make its experience pleasant. Here are a few tips on how to spray effectively.
Use a spray bottle
You can purchase misting bottles at pet stores. The mist from bottles can be tolerated by even the smallest birds.
Right Water Temperature
Avoid using hot or cold water. Coldwater can lead to a chill in the bird while hot water can cause scalding. Try spraying some water on your hand first to see what the temperature is. Water at room or lukewarm temperature is ideal.
Avoid soap or other cleansers
It is best to avoid harsh cleaners. It will remove the essential oils from your bird’s sensitive skin or plumage if you use soap on it. You should instead use fresh, clean water. If you are having trouble removing a particular stain or substance from dirty budgies, seek the assistance of a veterinarian.
In pet stores, you can find cleaners that are safe for birds. In addition to softening and moisturizing the skin and plumage, these cleansers contain antibacterial agents. Before trying something new, you should consult an avian veterinarian.
Keep the spraying gentle
Sprayers with high pressure should not be used. Misting sprayers are better. The mist should fall like gentle rain on the budgies when sprayed from above. Most budgies love mist falling on their bodies. Powerful jets of water may scare fragile birds. Also, avoid spraying directly onto a bird’s face.
Spray earlier in the day
If your budgies get wet, make sure it doesn’t catch a chill. As a result, it is best not to spray this late at night or in the evening. Spraying it in the morning will ensure a natural drying process. Avoid spraying frequently in cold weather.
Preparation before spraying If the bird is still wet, close the windows and doors. Ensure that the bird is not in the path of a direct airflow by turning off the air conditioner or fan, or at least making sure the room is not air-conditioned.
Benefits of Spraying Budgies with Water
Grooming and Cleaning
Water application on feathers is an essential part of a bird’s “self-care” routine. The ability to fly might be compromised if their feathers are not kept in good condition. Showering and bathing can help keep their feathers healthy.
Additionally, this will encourage them to preen in a healthier way, which will result in fewer instances of plucking and feather picking. The ability of the bird to fly efficiently and with fewer unnecessary bald spots must be improved.
Additionally, spray bottles will likely assist in revitalizing their skin, very much like what we do every morning before we face the world.
Help in Breathing
Also, they’re accustomed to humid environments in the wild, which is important to take into consideration for many captive birds – particularly budgies. Our lungs and respiratory systems haven’t adapted to these environments, whereas theirs have.
We don’t heat and clammy up our homes, which means they’re able to breathe our relatively dry air with increasing difficulty.
It is also possible to mist them with a spray bottle from time to time to add moisture to their immediate surroundings that will improve their breathing. With an occasional squeeze-bottle mist on their plumage, they can breathe better and have better lung function.
In addition to being stressful and irritating for budgies, the molting process is itchy. It is quite common for budgies to shed old feathers and grow new ones, resulting in untidy plumage. Skin irritation can be reduced by misting with water, and feather dust can be washed off with it.
During the summer, when the temperature rises, it will benefit a budgie to be misted. Consequently, the skin temperature will be lowered to a more comfortable level, and the body temperature will be reduced.
Tips for Misting a Budgie
The first step to effectively misting a bird is to make sure the spray bottle is new and clean and has never contained any chemical residue. This residue may linger in the bottle and harm your bird. Set the bottle’s nozzle to mist mode, not a stream, if it has a variable nozzle. You should mist all over the bird with plain, room-temperature water.
Mist your bird’s feathers just enough so that you see beads of water accumulating on its body, but do not soak it. Despite a wide variety of products sold for bird bathing and misting, plain water is usually best, unless your bird needs a prescription mist due to medical reasons.
The procedure may seem strange to your bird if you have never missed it before. Start small and gauge your pet’s reaction after a week or two. You can leave the spray bottle next to your bird’s cage for a few days so he can get used to it.
If at first, your bird is afraid of it, you can allow him some time to get used to it. Your pet will love how soothing it is if you mist it with the bottle. If you want to make sure that your pet looks forward to his daily “shower”, you can give him a special treat after being misted.
Though misting is a fun and refreshing experience, it can’t replace a shower or bath. If you want to keep your bird fresh and clean, you can teach your bird how to bathe in a bowl of water, the sink, or the bottom of a tub with the aid of a gentle rain shower.
A few minutes of misting will make most birds comfortable. Stick with your bird and don’t give up if it needs a little extra help to become accustomed to being misted. Simply spraying a little water on your bird can make a world of difference in its well-being and appearance!
Ali Shahid is a veterinarian by profession and an animal lover. He loves to give expert opinions about different animals. He has worked in top organization of birds like Bigbird Feed and Poultry Research institute. He loves birds, especially parrots and has great experience in different parrot farms.