Kyra my 15 year old u2 will drink the hot steamy bath water at every opportunity. She fills her crop full this can't possibly be good can it. If I have hot tea she goes straight for it. I just wanted to know if this is safe or harmful to fill her crop with hot bath water.
Just make sure it's not too hot to give her crop burn. I drink tea at night before I go to bed (herbal no caffeine) and when it is still warm I give Scarlett some expecially if its chamomile. It helps her sleep too. Also, is the bath water dirty? Or is it her bath water (just straight water) or yours? If it's your used bathwater with soaps and stuff in it a definite NO NO. If its her clean warm bathwater I don't see a problem with that.
Gideon loves to drink warm water right from the tap when I fill the tub for a bath. The chamomile tea is a good idea. Gideon tries to get my coffee all the time, so maybe if I try chamomile tea with creamer and sugar, he'll think it's coffee and drink it...
At night I'll make my cup of tea and one for Fancy. Her cuppa is chamomile, luke warm and she has to 'steal it' to drink it. It helps her wind down for bed. Overall, and for everything, I'd suggest watching temps. As for drinking water while bathing - as long as it's clean I can't see the problem. BTW There's a discussion string here about birds that will drink more than normal while taking showers (am using hubby's mac so I don't know how to toggle to get the link). I seem to remember some good info in that string.
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I was curios so I did an experiment. I put water in a mug at RT and he stuck his beak in it and flicked it but didn't drink it. I then microwaved it for a minute so that it was good and warm, and let him at it again. He drank it like it was the nectar of life.
Just be careful that it's only warm...not hot. You don't want the bird's crop to get burned or irritated. Brewster loves warm Chamomile tea! I think "warm" is a comfort and may be a bit hormonal this time of year. I still cook oatmeal for Brewster & he lays his beak in it...rubs it side to side, & then eats some.
We used to have a green-cheek conure who just loved hubby's caffeine-free herb tea, both for drinking and bathing. Even little Sierra was way too big for the cup; don't allow your too to try this at home!
My U2 Gabby loves both, to dip her beak in the water and fling it evrywhere. She has a large pool of water around her when she's done. But she will alos sit and drink & drink the warm water until her crop is full. I haven't heard anything, but I wonder if they do it as a flush for their system, because it sure doesn't take long & it comes "FLUSHING" out & several times. I wouldn't think they would do this behavior if it was harmful to them. Although I agree about the bath water being clean.
I wonder if they do it as a flush for their system,
I've wondered that too. Rocco will sometimes play in the water, fling it around, make a lot of noise and drink a ton of water. He drinks so much it starts running out perfectly clear from his backside. The first time I saw this I was worried, but he seemed to be having fun.