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I was told that my 9 week old cockatiel needs to start taking baths so for the past few days I've been trying to introduce him to take a bath.

I first tried the spray bottle method by spraying
him in a way that the water lands on him like rain (a few feet away from him I spray the water up to the ceiling)

He shakes his head and runs away, and when I spray again he flies away. I don't chase him because I'm worried he'll feel intimidated or something.

Next I tried the shallow water bowl method. To be honest I have no idea how I'm supposed to introduce this to him. He just kept crawling up to my shoulder and ignored the water bowl.

I wanted to try the shower method but because of the layout of the bathroom I can't do it.

How do I introduce her to baths? All the guides I've read involve the bird already knowing how to bath. My cockatiel is sort of new to this (but except once my friend dunked her under a faucet saying "he smells let's give him a bath" when he was barely 4 weeks old)
 

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I have two budgies. I provide a large water bowl, they take it on themselves to bathe in it daily.

Maybe provide a water bowl large enough for him to dip in and he will decide to do it on his own.

I have also seen budgies that like to bathe in a shallow dish filled with lettuce leaves. I am not sure it applies to 'tiels but it may be an option.

Finally you could hang soaking wet veggie leaves in his cage. He might choose to use them to clean up his feathers.

Good luck.
 

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Patience, my boys were stinky when I got them. They follow me everywhere even in the bathroom which is a good way to trap them in a small area and start spraying away. Eventually they’ll just stand there and let you soak them. also another place is near the kitchen sink, they hear the water and land on the counter, so I fill up a bowl with water and bingo they take a bath. Now they’re not stinky anymore. If the cage is big enough you can put a bowl of water at the bottom of the cage and let them explore and see what happens, she will come around eventually.
 
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