are humidifiers bad for birds

If you have pet birds, baths and proper humidity levels are key components to keeping them healthy. Most parrot species in the wild live in humid environments with frequent rainfall. Their respiratory system, skin, and feathers are designed for wet climates.

When pet birds arent provided with this type of environment in captivity, they can overheat, develop inflammation in their respiratory system, develop painful skin conditions, and/or start plucking their feathers. Some birds will even mutilate their skin. Plus, several species of parrot, including cockatoos, cockatiels, and African grays, create a dust-like dander, which can be irritating for humans and other pets in the home if its not managed through baths and humidity.

So how do you give a bird a bath, and whats a good humidity level for a pet bird? Heres what you need to know.

There are numerous varieties of humidifiers available, each with unique benefits and drawbacks. Any humidifier’s main objective is to add moisture to the air, although there are various methods for doing this. For those of us who own parrots, I believe the best option is an evaporative humidifier because it is energy-efficient and contains filters that keep minerals and microorganisms from entering the air.

Keep in mind that you will be working near a parrot, which has a delicate respiratory system. Avoid adding chemicals, medications, or perfumes to the water, and be mindful that a dirty humidifier can introduce harmful molds and bacteria into the space where you breathe. Always make sure your humidifier is in a safe spot away from curious birds and that the mist is distributed evenly.

The risk of a scalding mishap is eliminated by using a cool-mist evaporative humidifier, but veterinarians advise against using one with parrots because the water’s heating process removes some mold spores and other fungi that could have spread into the air. Furthermore, a cool-mist humidifier requires several hours to reach the desired humidity level in the room (typically 2050 percent or less) and has a tendency to blow cool air, which is not the desired effect during the winter.

Since 1987, author Patty Jourgensen has worked with and taken care of rescue birds. She is an expert in avian health, behavior, and nutrition.

Make sure the tank you purchase fits the size of the room or rooms you plan to humidify by taking note of its dimensions. This will spare you the headache of constantly needing to top off the tank. Also, make sure it has adjustable fan settings.

How to give a bird a bath

Frequent baths or showers are essential for the health of the skin and feathers of birds because they simulate the rainfall that birds would receive in their natural habitat.

The minimum recommended frequency of bathing a bird is once or twice a week, but some birds require more frequent bathing than that. For the majority of birds, bathing once a day or every other day would be ideal.

There are several ways to bathe a bird:

  • Providing an automatic misting system
  • sprinkling water on them (from above) using a mist setting on a spray bottle, allowing the water to fall to create the illusion of a light rainstorm
  • Taking them into the shower
  • Providing a shallow dish with warm water

It is important that you avoid forcing birds who aren’t used to bathing or showering in a way that would frighten or enrage them. Given the significance of bathing in birds’ lives, you don’t want them to think of it as a frightening or dangerous activity. This is another reason it’s never appropriate to try to chastise birds by dousing them in water.

The simplest strategy is to introduce your bird to each of the aforementioned bathing techniques one at a time and observe if it instinctively favors a certain technique. Your task will be considerably easier if your bird already enjoys taking baths in a particular manner.

If your bird, however, tries to avoid or elude any of the bathing techniques, you can select one or two that are most effective for you and use a training method known as systematic desensitization to eventually teach your bird to accept and even look forward to bathing. The basic idea is to start with the activity that your bird does closest to bathing and, each time you expose them to this restricted version of bathing, reward them with something they truly enjoy. Next, increase bathing behaviors gradually by baby steps, being careful to make each one enjoyable and rewarding.

FAQ

Are humidifiers okay for birds?

Humidity levels for pet birds Thus, a good humidity level for pet birds at which to set your humidifier is around 55%. This will ensure that your bird lives in as humid an environment as possible without mold growing. Of course, birds who spend time in outdoor aviaries can have higher humidity levels.

Are humidifiers toxic to animals?

Not only are humidifiers safe and beneficial for dogs, but they also benefit children and other household pets. With several risks involved, you can keep your dog safe by keeping these devices out of reach. Remember to be extra cautious with devices that produce boiling hot water.

What type of humidifier is best for birds?

A cool-mist evaporative humidifier eliminates the possibility of a scalding accident, however, vets recommend that we use a warm-mist humidifier with parrots because the heating of the water eliminates some mold spores and other fungals that might be dispersed into the air.

Does humidity affect birds?

Humidity is important for healthy skin and feathers. The lack of humidity can result in dry flaky and itchy skin which will irritate your parrot companion and can lead to feather plucking. Low humidity can also dry the sinus cavity of your parrot.