African Grey powder residue

by Carol
(South Africa)

Hello, I have an African Grey (red tail) who is 7 yrs old - I think that it is a female. I have noticed that she has a white powder residue when I touch her and wondered if this is anything bad (nutrition) or is it related to feather growth. I do put her in the bath and shower her down with the hand shower which seems to help a little.

Please could you advise.

Thanking you

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May 05, 2009
AG powder residue
by: Anonymous

I, myself, own 2 african greys. The white powder is their dander.Try misting with a water bottle on fine mist everyday. It should help with the dander and prevent the parrot from plucking.

May 05, 2009
Powder Down
by: Anonymous

What you are seeing is normal for the Greys, Cockatoos, Cockatiels and a few more birds from that part of the world. It is nothing to be alarmed about, and whoever you bought bird from should have educated you about your parrot.

My suggestion is to get on the internet and Google all the informaition you can about African Greys. This is something that should have been done before buying any bird or any other pet.

The powder residue will always be a part of your bird and too many baths using any kind of soap product will be harmful to bird.

Get educated so you can take care of your new friend. Also a trip to the vet is a must for any new bird or other pets for that matter. It is always good to get your bird checked out for any infections or other problems before they become life threatening. Please do this as soon as you can get an appointment as your bird is a very important being, and you are now responsible for its life!

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