itching green cheek conure

by Stacey
(Delaware)

Why does my 6 month old green cheek conure itch all the time? She does not pluck her feathers, just itches.

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Aug 19, 2012
itching green cheek conure
by: Anonymous

Buy a humidifier and run it thru the day.
This puts moisture into the air that the AC may be pulling out of it.

Also, make sure to change the bird's water 2ce daily, make sure there's not "film" in the bowl btwn water changes. This highly reduces the change of illness.

Also, the bird could be lacking in vitamins, molting is a stressful time of year for a bird. Sunshine Factor is a great vitamin supplement. Also make sure you have a mineral block as well.

You bird could possible have mites, if there are mights you will see specs on the shaft of the feathers, a good way to prevent mites is feeding your bird dried chili peppers. I buy a mix of dried fruits as a treat for my bird which includes the dried chili peppers. I get it from the local avian shop.

You can lightly mist your bird with a spray bottle of just water. There is a solution you can get called "soother"(for birds). It's aloe vera and water. The aloe helps relieve the itching topically. But plain water isnt bad either. Make sure to not directly spray the bird, spray 6 inches above the bird.

It's warmer weather, this is the time when a bird typically molt in warmer weather. The more natural sunlight they get the longer and bigger the molt. Please ensure your bird is getting 10-14 hrs of sleep per night during this time to reduce stress during the molting.

If you dont see a difference in a wk with these tips, please consult an aivan vet to ensure the bird is healthy.

hope this helps! GL

Aug 18, 2012
Itchy bird problem
by: Tracie

There are several possibilities, non of which can be determined over the Internet.

1) Your bird is molting, and the new feather shafts coming in are causing it to scratch.

2) Your home has dry air and needs humidity added to it.

3) Your bird is eating ZuPreem or another cheap pellet that is high in sugar and chemicals. If your bird is eating Harrison's or Roudybush pellets then this is not it.

Our avian vet says that ZuPreem has lots of sugar which can cause yeast infections and can lead to digestive problems. Also all of the artificial ingredients can cause problems too.

4) Your bird has an infection. If your bird drinks from a water dish instead of a water bottle then this could be a bacterial infection.

Dr B, our avian vet, told another lady "Switch her to a water bottle because water bowls are the number one source of pseudomonas bacteria which is a very common cause for illness and plucking. You need to wash the water dish every three hours to prevent this. A Lixit water bottle is more sanitary and can be changed once every 24 hours without the chance of bacterial infections. Be careful not to over bathe and over dry as this will cause dry skin and make the problem worse.

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