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May 01, 2013
by: Anonymous

My vet started my amazon on sun factor dietary supplement for dryness. He gobbles the stuff up, vet said more water mists bath also but to make sure they are lightly dried with hairdryer if the area its in is cool. It has made a big difference.

Aug 15, 2012
by: Edith 86

my Indian ringneck has kind of the same problem i he donthave any feathers missing but i could only see the gray soft ones and he's always scratching his beak i don't know whats wrong with him

May 10, 2008
Itchy bird
by: The Vet

The Harrison's is the best way to feed your bird. Make it 80% of the diet, and give treats no more than 20%. Feed the Harrison's High Potency formula, but do not give flax seed. If you feed the Harrison's Adult Lifetime Formula, then you can supplement with the flax. But he is better off eating the Hi Po. (Most birds do not like the taste of flax.) The Omega Fatty Acids in the Hi Po will reduce inflammation and maybe reduce the itching.

I do not know what is causing the itching, though. It may be a food allergy. To test this, feed ONLY Harrison's for a minimum of 45 days and see if the problem goes away. If not, then it is likely not a food allergy. Based on the description of his diet, I cannot see that it is food related, but you may want to rule it out. It could be environmental, such as tobacco smoke, pollen, and other allergies.

Is he molting, because this can also cause the appearance of being itchy. The regular bathing is a good idea, and the humidifier is also a good idea. You should continue these as prescribed. I am not familiar with the product Bird Mist, I use the Avi-x Bird Rain, but it may be a good product, I don't know. What is in it?

Has there been a thorough exam done? What does his skin look like? Is it red? Is it flaky? When does he scratch? Is he loosing feathers? Are there any bare patches where the feathers have been removed and grown back?

This is not normally a symptom of hormonal issues. Consider taking him to a different veterinarian, preferably a board certified avian, and get a second opinion.

Dr. B

There are articles on switching your bird to pellets, bird health and more on our Parrot Training page.

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