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Tod Todson
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I was reading through some old messages this morning.

Came across one from Bob Sanders, who puts a saucer of water in his bird cage.

So, without the gal knowing, I put one of her casserole dishes with water inside mine.

Boy, the dove sure did some acrobatic things in the water Smile

What's up with the lifting of one wing into the air until the opposite side of their body is under water?

And then they flip and do the other side.

Funny stuff!
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Birds like to bathe. Mine likes me to spray her with a spray bottle. It aslo helps to soften the the casings on new feathers. (I don't know the technical name if there is one.)

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Chris, the technical term is "softening the Casings" Smile

The lifting of one wing, I believe is a balancing thing. They dip one side of their body down into the water and raise the other wing to remain standing upright. At least that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

When I had all 31 of my birds in one aviary, I used to put a large dish, one that I got in a flower store to hold flower pots, in the middle of the cage. It was comical to watch the birds all fly down to get into the pool.

As Chris said, birds love to bathe and mine just couldn't get enough of the "pool"
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Bob Sanders
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Every "show-biz" dove needs a beach! They do love it. It serves useful purposes too!

You'll find that they like to play in clean sand too. (I've even had them to lay eggs in the sand.)

It sounds like they have a good home.


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I agree. In the summer time they LOVe to be hosed down with water (more of a misty nozzle setting ofcourse)
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