HELP! my cockatiel is scraching like mad!

by Damian

HELP! my cockatiel is scraching like mad! please respond as fast as you can im really worried because he want stop until I tell him to stop ! please help!

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Oct 28, 2016
by: Anonymous

My bird at times has very liquid urites,other times normal. He also itches a lot. Had him tested for several bacterias plus Guardia. Many times. Nothing. Bathing helps. He sometimes screaches as he scratches. It must hurt. I use special soothing spray. Only helps a,little. Been a year now. Don't know what else to do. My other 2 birds have no problems. Had them seperated but doesn't seem to be contagious.

Apr 15, 2016
cockatiel itchy back
by: Helene

I looked on another site and it said apple cider vinegar I wanted to know if I could use distilled white vinegar.I have that now in the house or should I get the apple cider vinegar instead.

Mar 20, 2012
by: Anonymous

Spray your parrot every day with water and give it a birds shampoo bath once a week.

Mar 05, 2012
HELP! my cockatiel is scraching like mad!
by: Linda

Your bird has to be examined by an Avian Vet ONLY to know what is causing this itching. It could be a parasite or an allergic reaction to a toxin or a food it has eaten.

Find an Avian Vet

Do NO home remedies or baths or sprays until an Avian Vet has examined your bird so you know what is wrong. Please get him to avian vet quickly before his skin is infected from all the scratching.


Mar 05, 2012
Scratching bird.
by: Anonymous

If you're bird is scratching a lot, you may need to take him to a vet to ensure he's healthy.

In my experience owning 4 exotic birds, I noticed my birds tend to itch when the AC/heater has been running. The AC unit pulls natural moisture from the air. This causes OUR skin to become dry... well it does the same for your bird as well.

In my opinion, your bird is scratching / itching due to dry air, causing dry skin.

You c"an buy a solutiontion called "Soother Spray" it comes in a dark blue bottle, costs abt $13 from a pet shop. It has aloe in it to relieve irration, and to help heal.

I use that, along with getting a warm mist humidifer in the same room as the cage. (never next to where bird can get burned, hurt or have access to it) I run it each day my AC/heater unit is running. This puts moisture BACK into the air. I recommend a large one as you will only need fill it 2ce daily, if used on low.

Those run at CVS (store brand) to be about $45 in cost for the large one. Use ONLY water.

Also, my vet says a bird can be bathed once daily in the shower.

The Soother, and humidifier are cheaper then a vet, and a good place to start. You can also get a water bottle and mist 10 inches above your bird several times a day.

This however is not a replacement for a vets opinion, Please seek out a vet, your bird should be seen once a yr for welness exams. Only a vet upon examination can give you the proper answers.

I am only speaking from experience as to why my birds started to itch. Once my vet had an opening I took them in. He agreed with me, and said I had done everything right, and my analysis of the problem was correct. He also said the soother was an EXCELLENT solution to use.

Good luck, hope this helps you too!

Mar 04, 2012
by: Rose

HI there.maybe your cocatiel has lice or he might just need to have a bath.I have a cocatiel he also scratches at times.My cockatiel love to take a bath with a very fine spray from a spray bottle.Just remove everything from his cage and hold the spray bottle over cage and spray.If he is still scratching I would take him to the vets.Dont let him suffer.Good luck to you and your little bird.

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