Cokatiel pecking own feet

by Judith Keith
(Elyria, Ohio, USA)

I HAVE A MALE COCKATIEL WHO OCCASSIONLLY PECKS HIS OWN FEET. HE DOES NOT LIVE IN A CAGE BUT HAS A LARGE ARE TO PLAY AND A GYM SET, FAKE TREE BRANCHES, ETC.. I SPEND ALOT OF TIME WITH HIM. HE ALSO LIKE TO SLEEP WITH ME. HE FLIES OVER AND NESTLES UNDER MY NECK. I LET HIM STAY AND RELAX FOR AWHILE AND THEN PUT HIM ON HIS SLEPPING AREA WHICH IS RAISED WITH A FUZZY TOWEL AND HEATING PAD UNDER IT, IN CASE IT GETS CHILLY.

DO YOU KNOW WH HE MAY PECK AT HIS FEET?

THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

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Jul 21, 2009
Feet
by: Linda

Hi and thanks for writing. First of all, your bird needs the security of a cage large enough for him to play in and spread wings out. Birds are like children and do not need the run of the house as there are many things in a home that can be dangerous to small children and birds as well. When he is out of his cage, he needs to be supervised at all times to keep him safe. He also needs to be covered at night, so he can get his 12 hours of darkness and rest and the heating pad is only used for sick birds. A nice cage with a cover for it for nighttime will keep him warm enough. We've had power outages in the winter that last up to 3 days, and our birds were in a very large cage that we covered, and they stayed very warm. The extra heat can be making his feet very dry which will itch. Also heating pads should not be run all the time, as they can start fires if they "short out".

If you think your bird is sick, please take him to see an Avian vet in your area.

Linda

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