Living on dirt in a cardboard box has left the little birds kinda scroungy. C. suggested we do a bit of bathing as I moved them into a clean new box. Not full-immersion baths – they would probably get chilled – but more sponge baths. Like when your grandma scrubs your face with beer on a kleenex. We got the Q-tips out, and a bowl of warm water, and stroked them gently. They loved it.