Well the bath didnt go as well as I would have hoped. Its obvious he had never done it before . I puy my hand in the water and splashed it and he was curious and even showed that he sorta might know what to do. So I drizzled water on him and he really liked that and he stood in the water but wouldnt Bathe in it . SO I will try again in a few days.
I am I am going to be very patient on this . He seems to be a smart guy. I am sure eventually he will get it .
I clean his cage everyday . I scrub the poop off his shelf and change the paper out . Its so much easier cleang up after him than is was cleaning up after the rats when I have pet rats or even the chinchillas I have now . He might even be cleaner than my dogs. I havent even noticed any odor that people always say comes from pigeons.
I guess he would smell if I didnt clean his cage for weeks or something but so far no smell. The hamster smells worse than he does lol. My daughter is coming for a visit on monday . I havent seen her since she graduated in May . She is excited to see Mr. Pidge. She said " I cant get over the fact you have a Pigeon. Naked rats , 3 legged dog (yes I have a 3 legged chihuahua that is a rescue) Chinchillas ... rescue Pigeon whats next?"
Pigeons can make great pets. If he has never had a bath before, it may take him a little time. Actually they love water. They just learn faster when they see other birds doing it. Make the water a little bit warm or just tepid.
Pigeon droppings generally don't have much of a smell -- in fact, if they do smell bad, that can be an indication that the bird is sick (unless they are sitting on a nest, in which case they hold their droppings in, and that gets pretty stinky.)
As others have said, your bird will get the hang of bathing -- it usually takes a few tries, but he/she will learn. The splashing is a good idea -- that often gives them an idea of what they are supposed to be doing with that bowl of water, lol.
The dust is totally normal -- it happens all year round, but the worst of it is when they are molting (growing in a lot of new feathers, and losing old ones.) Young birds tend to get particularly dusty during the first couple of molts, I've observed.
OK an update on Mr. Pidge and bath time. We tried again today. This time it went much better. He got into the water and splashed a little but seemed to like to soak more than splash. However, he really seemed to like it . Getting out to spray me with water as he flew in circles then get back in .
I have noticed a lot more of the little white flakey feather sheaths. He even lost a pretty wing feather today . Is he moulting ?
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