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#218523 - 03/25/10 01:04 AM Hoodie gets a bath  
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I adopted Hoodie, a Hawk-Head Parrot, from Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in January. Once I got him home, I tried giving him mist showers, and he absolutely hated them. He'd get so agitated that I could tell it was damaging our relationship.

In desperation, because I know he needs regular bathing, I started putting a large heavy, shallow ceramic pan in the bottom of his cage, with about 1/2 inch of water.

He wanted nothing to do with it. He is a hyper aware bird, and he didn't like this cage addition at all. So, I started floating bits of broccoli in the water. He finally got where he'd fish the food out of the water, getting nothing wet but his beak.

Yesterday I caught him tapping the pan with his beak and investigating it thoroughly.

Today at lunch, he finally decided it was safe for use, and ended up taking an extended bath. I had to add water 3 times. By the time he was done, he was drenched to the skin. I have never seen a more thoroughly soaked bird.

I snapped this picture. Bad quality of picture, as it was on my cellphone...but I wanted to commemorate the occasion!

http://i468.photobucket.com/albums/rr42/TopysMom/Hoodie/wethoodie.jpg

#218524 - 03/25/10 01:10 AM Re: Hoodie gets a bath [Re: Jacque]  
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Jacque thank you for posting Hoodie's pic it brought a chuckle instantly! That's one soggy guy! Congratulations on the bath!
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#218527 - 03/25/10 04:14 AM Re: Hoodie gets a bath [Re: BE2Cassie]  
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Hee Hee... he looks like a muppet

#218529 - 03/25/10 04:40 AM Re: Hoodie gets a bath [Re: Winter's mom]  
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Originally Posted By: Winter's mom
Hee Hee... he looks like a muppet


LOL - yeah he does! Jacque, he is absolutely adorable. I bet he felt good after his bath, too!!! Thanks for sharing with us.


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#218563 - 03/26/10 01:43 AM Re: Hoodie gets a bath [Re: EchosMom]  
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I understand!!! When I was fostering Chica, she was really averse to water too!! I love wet birds, they just make me smile! I have heard of hawk-head parrots but never seen one, I have to google and learn more smile Thanks for a great pic!


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#218575 - 03/26/10 02:05 PM Re: Hoodie gets a bath [Re: Lucy's Mom]  
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What a great way to start the day~ still smiling here in Maine ;-)

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#218601 - 03/27/10 08:40 AM Re: Hoodie gets a bath [Re: Rukesmom]  
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I just LOVE it when they're wet - he is TOO CUTE for himself. Congratulations on overcoming his aversion to water- or for encouraging him to overcome it himself, I should say!!
Well done!!
Anita

#218616 - 03/28/10 04:50 AM Re: Hoodie gets a bath [Re: anitamarie942]  
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Nothing cuter than a wet, happy bird!


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