Dander & Compatibility

by Maura

I have an Umbrella Cockatoo, African Grey, Senegal & Cockatiel. I am thinking about adding an Amazon to our parrot family, however I am very concerned about the dander.
I at some point heard that you cannot mix certain breeds due to it causing respritory problems it might cause with the Cockatoo. Thanks!

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Dec 13, 2012
by: Maura

Linda, you misunderstood my question. Myself nor anyone in my household are having allergy problems. I've been told by different breeders that You cannot mix a Cockatoo with A Blue & Gold Macaw, since the B&G is dander/powder is allergic to the Cockatoo.
I didn't know if it was the same way with Amazons.
I have 2 HEPA filters in their "room".

Dec 05, 2012
Dander & Compatibility
by: Linda

You already have three birds with the powder down dander, and adding anymore birds to this mix is ill advised for any reason.

You will also experience breathing problems or someone in your family will if you add even one more bird. Unless you can rehome one or more of them, my suggestion is to take care of what you have and forget about adding any more birds at this time or until you can find a home or two for some of them.

The powder down is shed by the Cockatoo, Cockatiel and the African Grey. Just those 3 together can cause you and your family respiratory problems not to mention adding more birds to this. All birds have a certain amount of dust coming from them and during molting, there is a lot of feather shafts and tips becoming dust. I recommend for your health and well being that you feed the ones you have properly and have them examined once a year by an Avian Vet.

When I say feed properly, I do not mean all seed diets or junk pellets like Zupreem and Lafaebers. I mean high quality organic pellets like Harrisons found here. There are also a few more organic pellets here as well. If you already have so many birds you cannot feed them a high quality diet, then you right now this minute have too many birds.

Thanks for writing,

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