While you’re thinking about how much fun the bath is going to be in just a few minutes, your bird decides that it wants to bathe now.
In less than 1.5 seconds, it hops off your back, lands on the cool edge of the pot on the stove and then plunges its chest into the very cool pot of oil that you used to fry tonight’s chicken.
Let’s let that scenario sink in for a moment.
You will not panic because you read these newsletters weekly.
You will calmly grab and towel your bird.
Start by getting the oil out of the nares (nasal passages), mouth and eyes using a moist Q-tip.
Then clear a compartment in the sink, fill it with warm water and a few drops of dish soap.
Dawn dish soap is preferred by wildlife rehabbers.
Just keep washing the feathers and moving soapy water in the direction of the feathers.
Keep dipping the bird in and out of the water and then rinse and repeat.
Not a bad idea to use a blow dryer and even if it’s in the summer get that winter cage heater warmed up so the area around the cage is in the upper 80s until your feathered fluff ball is a fluff ball again.
Squawk at you next week
written by Mitch Rezman
approved by Catherine Tobsing
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Also published on Medium.