Iitchy and flakey body

by Natalie Gouden
(South Africa)

Hi,my name is Natalie. i have a 2 .5 year sun concure, recently i notice his body is very itchy and flaky. About 3 months ago he had an infection and was put on a pellet diet ie 90% pellets and 10% fruit as he refuses to eat any veggies. Is the flaking normal?

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Nov 11, 2011
Bird itchy and flakey
by: The Avian Vet

This is most often caused by low levels of omega fatty acids, which can be corrected by adding organic red palm oil, Sunshine Factor to the diet; and caused by low humidity. All birds can benefit from a humidifier, especially in winter when the heat is running. Finally, more frequent baths will help. I recommend three times weekly until the problem is controlled.

Dr B

Nov 11, 2011

Dear Nataly.
You will have to take your birdy back to the vet, so he can determan what caused it.
To me it sounds as if he needs a good intensive bath. Every day , a good soak. It does help with the itchyness. Get some a.v i bird handfeeding formula second stage , mix veggies and honey as well as hard boiled egg mashed with the shell into this mixture, and see if he will take to eating his veggies this way. I did it to mine when I first started weaning him. Later you make the the formula less and the veggies more, Veggies could be mixed in raw or cooked Start off with peas and corn mix , then take a baby mealie
and give it to him as a treat when he does eat hie veggies. they do respond very well to treats as a encouragement to your commands.
Luck, and love him as much as you can. He is your responsibility now and rely on you to give himm what he needs. Wheather it is food or company or exercise.

Nov 10, 2011
Iitchy and flakey body
by: Linda

If your bird is eating 100% Organic pellets, then this skin situation will right itself in time. If you're not feeding organic pellets, now is the time to start. There are several kinds found here, and Harrisons is the best. Totally Organic pellets is another one that is good. You can also feed 80-85% pellets and 10-15% of total diet in fruit and veggies if he'll eat them.

Harrison's makes a wonderful bird bread mix that my Amazons love, and it stores in the refrigerator for up to 5 days and in freezer for 6 months. Use the Sunshine Factor's organic Red Palm oil in it and add two whole eggs and some water is all you have to do. A loaf would last your little bird for quite a while, and it will add some very good oil to his diet. The Harrisons pellets and bread mixes are found here as is the Red Palm Oil. The oil is cold packed and has to be warmed up just a bit to make it liquid for the bread mix(not in the microwave). You can also use a little of this oil on bird's pellets which in time will start to make skin much better. It can take 6 months to a year before you see results from a good, healthy diet, so be patient. If you think there could be an infection or illness involved, please take your bird to be examined by an Avian Vet in your driving area.

Thanks for writing,

Nov 10, 2011
Itchy & flaky skin
by: Anne

No this is not right you need to go to your local Avian Vet. You bird should be on a 50% diet of pellets 20% seeds 30% fresh fruit & veg.
Try giving a very small portion of boiled egg once a week leaving in the cage only half an hour because of bacteria growing on such a fresh food.

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