A Rare bath

Remember this date, 2nd June 2022.  Why?  Moriarty had a bath!  It has been so long that I cannot remember when his last bath was.

I offered Perry some water.  Usually I offer the bath water (clean, not water that Lennie has bathed in!) but if I am giving him supplements I put the water in a small, transparent water pot, which was the case this time.  Moriarty seemed keen to have a bath in it but I did not want him to bathe in supplements, plus it was only big enough to fit his belly in.  So, I quickly got the bath.  I have done this before when he has shown interest in bathing in the water pot but he has declined the proper bath, but this time, he jumped straight in.

It was surprising as the Thomas Bath had been on the cage door all morning & Moriarty had passed it many times.  Still, who knows how a budgie mind works.  What was important was that he finally had a bath!  What a fun one it was!  Lots of fluffing up, splashing & going around in circles!

Sorry – no photos as I was holding the bath, but here are some aftermath photos when he went back to his original cage to have a preen:

Moriarty

 

A blue moon so soon?

Perry usually has a bath once in a blue moon.  I posted not so long ago that, along with Lennie, he tried out the ‘indoor bath‘, so I was surprised that he had another bath so soon after.  I could only assume there was another blue moon.

Here they are, once again having a dunk in their ‘en-suite’ bath:

 

 

Indoor Bath

Perry & Lennie have been choosing to stay in their cage.  This may be because they have been moulting (again!) which can make them a little lethargic.  Or it could be because they both have problems flying.  But I think the main reason is that their primary purpose for coming out was to see Dalai & now I imagine they ask themselves, why bother if he is not around?

I have been lenient on this front as I miss Dalai too.

However, with their moulting and constant preening, I felt they were missing out on having a bath.  The Thomas Bath is situated on the far side of Dalai’s cage.  Whilst they might occasionally pop into Dalai’s cage to avoid the cleaner (me) for a few minutes, they are nowhere near venturing on top of the cage.  Anyway, I thought I would bring the bath to them & perhaps hold it up near their door.

When I showed them the bath, Lennie looked particularly excited.  He was normally the one having lots of baths, whereas Perry was happy with one in a blue moon.  Because of Lennie’s look of interest, I decided to rig the bath up on their main door so that when it closed the bath would be between two perches.  This done, I was pleased to see they were not startled to see an indoor bath but, in fact, were rather pleased.

Indoor bath

 

I took the videos below. Unfortunately the cage bars are in the way, but you can get an idea of how it unfolded.  Surprisingly, Perry was the first to jump in so I guess his blue moon was long overdue.

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Perry & Lennie after their bath