Hi Kim and Mimi,
Great to see you both at WPT! Yipee. Showering—one of our favorite topics.
Kim, Mimi’s Mom (Mrs. Moluccan) really loves her showers, too. When the roof-top sprinklers are going full blast, she hangs upside down on aviary ceiling wire, turns figure-eights with her head, flaps her wings and yip yip yips—that’s her idea of a good shower!
I agree about the noise—birds seem to get in to showering most when a droning noise like the sound of a loud brook streaming by, or a downpour through trees, or the roar of a waterfall is heard. Being very careful that the hairdryer is not anywhere close to water, I sometimes leave mine running while my eclectus, Cella, showers with me because that’s how she likes it best.
The Amazons make their own noise when showering—a constant joyful song, complete with riffs and trills. The wettest birds in our aviaries are always the Alexandrines and the Derbyans. Without hesitation, they find the spray and sway, flutter, dance and weave in it every minute they can. Otherwise, they get in water bowls and splash them dry.
The greys like to bathe in greens. They’ll also hang upside down on the ceiling wire and flap.
Kim, when you say that Mimi decides whether or not to shower, you could not be more right! All of the above may or may not happen—it all depends on the birds themselves, the tiem of day, the relative humidity, and other factors. I wonder how many birds get offered fewer and fewer showers because their caregivers “give up.”?