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Bathing Tips for Lovebirds

Sakina loves birds and has had pet parrots and budgies. Now she has two lovebirds, one of which is a peach-faced male she hand-raised.

My lovebird, Mumu, is scared of bathing.

My lovebird, Mumu, is scared of bathing.

The Importance of Bathing Lovebirds

Some lovebirds love water and bathe readily, while others are scared of water and make bathing difficult. Bathing helps to clean their feathers of bird dust and makes them feel less itchy. Moreover, a clean bird equals a clean environment, which is safer for both the birds and the owners.

How often do lovebirds need to bathe?

Lovebirds need to take a bath at least once a week in winter and daily (if possible) in summer.

Is your lovebird scared of bathing?

My lovebird, Mumu, likes to bathe but is scared of the water at times. When this happens, we have to apply different techniques to encourage our pets to take a bath.

5 Ways to Encourage Your Lovebirds to Bathe

Lovebirds are stubborn, especially when they are moody or bored. They may not take a bath even after many efforts by the owners. Here are some ways to encourage bathing in lovebirds:

  1. Pretend to Be Excited About the Bath
  2. Use Different Utensils
  3. Include Leafy Vegetables
  4. Use a Basin
  5. Try Spray Bathing

1. Pretend to Be Excited About the Bath

Act as if you are enjoying bathing by splashing your fingers in the bowl and making "excited" sounds.

2. Use Different Utensils

Try using different utensils when your pets want to bathe. Lovebirds get bored of routine and love new things. I once used a new soup bowl. Mumu jumped right on its edge and demanded to be bathed that very instant!

At times, lovebirds are scared of deep water. In this case, use shallow vessels and your pet will enjoy splashing around without fear.

Include spinach or cilantro leaves in a water bowl so that your lovebirds get less scared of the water.

Include spinach or cilantro leaves in a water bowl so that your lovebirds get less scared of the water.

3. Include Leafy Vegetables

Lovebirds may want to bathe but may be scared to jump in at the same time. When this happens, include spinach leaves or cilantro leaves in the water bowl. This way, your pets won't get intimidated by the water and will probably plunge in.

4. Use a Basin

If your lovebird doesn't bathe in a bowl, try using a basin. Make sure the stream of water is thin and warm. Your pet is likely to sit under the sprinkling water and bathe in the basin.

5. Try Spray Bathing

If the above methods don't work, try spray bathing your lovebirds. Take a spray bottle and fill it with warm water. Spray it slowly on your pet's body. Your pet may run around in the cage for a minute, but he/she will settle down and enjoy the spray bath.

My lovebirds, Mumu and Lulu, preening themselves after bathing.

My lovebirds, Mumu and Lulu, preening themselves after bathing.

My Lovebird Lulu Loves Bathing

My female lovebird, Lulu, loves water and bathes readily. At times, she plunges herself into the small water bowl we keep in the cage. When this happens, I remove the bowl and replace it with a large one and let her enjoy splashing around.

Some Words About My Pets

My lovebirds, Mumu and Lulu, are almost opposite personalities. Lulu loves trying to bathe in cold water (however, I don't let her do so), while Mumu prefers it lukewarm.

Most of the time, Lulu interferes when Mumu has a bath. Mumu is scared of water, and it takes a great deal of persuasion to bathe him. So, when Lulu wants to join in as well (considering the fact that she loves water), Mumu gets annoyed and leaves the "bathtub." When this happens, he remains annoyed 90% of the time and my chance of getting him clean goes in vain.

They used to bathe together when they first became mates. Things changed, and Mumu prefers bathing alone now.

At times, I've found Lulu and the cage wet as a result of her bathing. When I try to replace the water in the bowl, she even argues by placing her foot on top of it. She doesn't like warm water, but for her safety, I don't let her bathe in cold water.

Enjoy Your Bird's Next Bath!

Bathing is necessary to keep our lovebird pets clean and healthy. Though they have their different moods, lovebirds can be encouraged to take a bath. Do you have any stories to tell about your pets? Feel free to share them with me in the comments section below.

This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.

Questions & Answers

Question: Should we give 2 months old baby lovebirds a bath?

Answer: Yes, you can give them a bath.

Question: My bird is afraid of me and it makes it difficult to bathe her (I have only had her for a month). She is about four months old. I purchased a premixed spray and she had a royal fit when I sprayed her. That was a few days ago. I tried putting a tub in her cage and she ignored it all day. Do you have any suggestions?

Answer: If she's scared of spray baths, please avoid them. You mentioned a tub, how big is it? Small birds like a shallow vessel and please make sure it's not too big. If she's ignoring this regularly, either she might be scared of bathing or feels she doesn't require cleaning. Give her time; she might bathe with the water you provide for drinking. Please don't force the bird into bathing, some of are terrified of water (like my lovebird, Mumu). Birds like these bathe whenever they feel at ease.

Question: Is it okay to bathe the female lovebird when she is incubating her eggs?

Answer: Yes, it is, but please make sure the eggs aren't touched by water (in case you decide to give her a spray bath). Bathing is essential; it keeps the germs away.

Question: What a beautiful video! I didn’t know this. Do we have to bathe lovebirds every day?

Answer: Yes, it's always a healthy measure to let your lovebirds bathe daily in summers.

Question: My lovebird loved bathing, but not now. He is scratching frequently. Is it because of not bathing?

Answer: Yes, not bathing makes them itchy and he might also be molting. Please encourage your bird to bathe. Include greens in the water or change utensils.

Question: Do you use soap in the bathwater for your lovebird?

Answer: No, I just let them bath with lukewarm water.

Question: I tried letting my lovebird bathe in warm water in the sink and in a bowl, but it didn't like it. I'm not sure what to do. Could you please help?

Answer: Sometimes bathing depends on the mood of the lovebird. You can try using normal tap water. Maybe your bird would prefer a cooler temperature.

Question: Which sex is the tamest of lovebirds?

Answer: Males are chirpy and attention seekers. Females are on the quieter side. Hand-Raised birds are easier to tame than wild ones (but they can be tamed as well).

Question: Can I bathe my 1 month old bird?

Answer: No, please wait until the bird is 3 months old.

Question: Is it ok to use soap to bathe lovebirds?

Answer: No, please don't. Stick to water.

© 2018 Sakina Nasir


Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on August 05, 2020:

@M.S.Sheriff Hi! I'm sorry to hear this. It might be in the genetics like Anto here says. Please feed them a nutritious diet like corn kernels, apple bits, blanched spinach leaves and some slices of banana. Make sure the fruits have no seeds in them. Please add 1-2 drops of multivitamins for lovebirds in their water and let them drink from it. Hope this helps.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on August 05, 2020:

Hi Mike! :)

It's okay to give your baby lovebird a bath after they turn 1.5 months old.

Anto on July 28, 2020:

@sherif it may be because of genetic issues. It happens if the generation is from the children of same father and mother birds. try to bring few birds from outside of this generation for next breeding. So that the next generation should not affect this problem.

mike on July 08, 2020:

how old should i start bathing my love bird

M. S. Sheriff on January 27, 2020:

I have 7 finches and 18 lovebirds in a fairly big cage at home. One bird has lost its feathers on the neck and chrst. Skin is visible. 4 chicks did not have feathers when thet came out of the nest. Their growth is very slow and feathers are less on their body. What shiukf i feed them . Send a remedy

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on July 09, 2019:

@Mark Hi. :) Yes, you can give your lovebird a bath. Please keep a bowl of lukewarn water in front of him/her and play with the water with your fingers. If the bird is interested, he/she will take a bath.

mark on July 09, 2019:

should i gave 5 weeks old lovebird a bath?

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on February 26, 2019:

@Kokila Let her bath in a shallow bowl. Buy some bird shampoo and try to wash her feathers. Be very gentle.

Kokila on February 26, 2019:

I accidentally poured oil while applying it on the wound of my love bird..... How should I bath her??

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on December 26, 2018:

@Rubina Hi! I'm good alhamdolillah, how are you? That's great! :)

Rubina ! on December 26, 2018:

Hi Sakina ! How are you sweeti ! Recently i bay 2 lovebird ! I want ti know about lovebirds everything’s!

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on November 22, 2018:

@Wanda Potts Hi! :) No worries! My lovebirds love their small cage. I have tried to get them to accept a bigger one, but they don't feel comfortable there. What are your lovebirds' names?

Wanda Potts on November 22, 2018:

I don’t want to sound like I’m telling what to do but your cage is awfully small for 2 active love birds. Hope you can get a larger one for them soon. Enjoy your advice and pictures. My birds are the same color as yours.

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on June 08, 2018:

@Natalie Frank Hi! :) Thank you so much. Lovebirds love bathing (at least Lulu does haha) in summer. It's always fun to watch them do so.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on June 06, 2018:

I just read this one again. The photos and videos of your birds add so much to the article. Your birds are adorable. I had no idea you had to bathe them daily in the summer time! That's quite a routine.

Balachander , chennai , india on April 14, 2018:

Thank u for the response . Will send the photo thru e mail. Actually I don’t know the type of breed. Today being Tamil new year , shop is closed . Will speak to the pet shop guy and will try to understand the breed .

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on April 14, 2018:

@Balachander Thank you so much. Lovebirds have playful personalities. They are fun to raise and pet. What type of lovebirds do you have?

Balachander on April 14, 2018:

Hi ,,,it’s so nice . I did not even No anything but I went and bought two pairs and spending time with them . Reading all your articles and trying to follow . Though you may be young god blessed you a passion to go behind this sweet creatures . Keep doing !!!!

Sakina Nasir (author) from Kuwait on March 16, 2018:

@Natalie Frank Hi! :) Thank you so much for the warm words. Lovebirds have unique personalities and it's fun to watch them.

Natalie Frank from Chicago, IL on February 13, 2018:

I love your series on Lovebirds! Especially this time of year. Your suggestions are so practical and caring.