lots of preening

My green check conjure is preening alot. She appears to even stop what she is doing to preen. She has not to my knowledge been taking regular baths.

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Jan 11, 2014
Lots of preening
by: Angela

You didn't give very much information so I will try to suggest a few things. If you live in a colder climate, this time of year the air inside the house gets dry and birds do need baths. Some birds are afraid to take a bath and if yours is one of them, try a spray bottle with warm water. Make sure the bird is out of the cage and spray the bird from above so the water falls like a gentle mist. Don't hold the bottle too close or aim for the face.

Also, your bird might be growing in new feathers and it does get itchy when they try to remove the sheath from the new feather. If new feathers are coming in, your bird will have little hard spikes in the feathers.

Your bird could also be bored and takes to preening rather than playing with toys or interacting with you.

If none of these suggestions fit, you need to take your bird to an avian vet to have it examined for any potential skin irritations or diseases.

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