Canary won't take a bath

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Anonymous:
I am writing on behalf of my mother who owns a male canary. The little fellow won't take a bath. She has put containers in the bottom of the cage as well as the type that hang at the door. Won't touch them. How important is it that a bird bathe? My mother has been spritzing him. Does she need to do this? Will something happen to the bird if she stops spritzing? Any info will be appreciated. Thanks.
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Didi:
My birds never liked the ones that hang on the door untill I put a dark paper under it..
and I have used everything, even a coffee plate.
Just let the bird get used to whatever you are going to use and let nature do the rest.
I wouldn't spray water on them. Nothing wrong if he doesn't take a bath.
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pianoharp < can't reply>:
[nq:2]I am writing on behalf of my mother who owns ... if she stops spritzing? Any info will be appreciated. Thanks.[/nq]
Also, canaries really appreciate very cold water. I know this sounds odd, but make sure you give him very cold water. I regrigerate the bath sometimes, just for a bit. Of course, they should only bathe in the morning, and the room they're in should be warm with no drafts.
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Didi:
[nq:1]Also, canaries really appreciate very cold water. I know this sounds odd, but make sure you give him very cold ... Of course, they should only bathe in the morning, and the room they're in should be warm with no drafts.[/nq]
That is weird. Mine take baths any time of the day and until late in the afternoon.
Di
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pianoharp < can't reply>:
[nq:2]Also, canaries really appreciate very cold water. I know this ... the room they're in should be warm with no drafts.[/nq]
[nq:1]That is weird. Mine take baths any time of the day and until late in the afternoon. Di[/nq]
I just got the recommendation about mornings from a vet, who said their feet will develop arthritis if damp in the evenings. That they shouldn't, in effect, go to sleep wet.
But yours do fine without that restriction?

- When all else fails,
ride the wave
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Didi:
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[nq:2]That is weird. Mine take baths any time of the day and until late in the afternoon. Di[/nq]
[nq:1]I just got the recommendation about mornings from a vet, who said their feet will develop arthritis if damp in ... go to sleep wet. But yours do fine without that restriction? - When all else fails, ride the wave[/nq]
I used to have an inside cage big enough to be
called an aviary. In there I had ( I don't have
anymore) finches and canaries. They will take bath all day long ..even when it was almost dark. I
still have my canaries in regular cages and they
are doing fine ( 5 and 6 yrs old) I'm not saying
there is not truth to what the vet say.. I think
this is like anything else.. some things work for
one person and not for the next . But the cold
water at night time.. I don't think that is good.
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Madusabirdkeepers:
[nq:1]Also, canaries really appreciate very cold water. I know this sounds odd, but make sure you give him very cold ... Of course, they should only bathe in the morning, and the room they're in should be warm with no drafts.[/nq]
Are you for real? Very cold water!!! Canaries will bathe in any water ( even warm) as long as they want to bathe.
Where do you freaks get your info? And what the hell is regrigerate?
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nk:
Birds must not go to bed damp, which is the reason it's recommended they be misted or allowed to bathe in the morning. If they are wet at night, they are susceptible to chilling leading to major upper respiratory problems and arthritis.
Do not refrigerate the bath water. Room temperature is fine. Unless you live in Arizona and it's 100 degrees in the shade.

Misting is important if your bird absolutely refuses to bathe. He's probably refusing because he's afraid of the water container. Try a low white dish or pie plate in the center of his cage.

The water helps the bird to preen (Your bird grabs his feathers at the base and "works" them to the tip. This insures distribution of oils, helps new feathers come in, and keeps the bird clean. Failure to preen often means a bird in poor condition, cage mites, and poor feather appearance.
Good luck!
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Phil Jarvis:
I had a canary once that didn't like to bathe. The way I got around it was this:
I used a vivid purple dish for his treats, and only for his treats (fresh fruits, special seed types, etc).
And he definitely came to appreciate the properties of the purple dish.

Later, I found a very small purple dish the same color that would easily fit in his bath with lots of room to spare.
It took about two sessions for him to enter the water and start bathing once the purple dish was in there, and the dish was no longer required after that.
It was a brown bottomed clear plastic side-hanging bath, FYI, and he came to love bathing in it. I would guess that type of bath might be more intimidating than an open pan or something, but it's the only kind I've used.
Good luck!
[nq:1]I am writing on behalf of my mother who owns a male canary. The little fellow won't take a bath. ... need to do this? Will something happen to the bird if she stops spritzing? Any info will be appreciated. Thanks.[/nq]
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