orange winged amazon

my orange winged amazon has these yellow spike things on top of his head

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Oct 28, 2013
Pin feathers on amazon parrot
by: Tracie

These are pin feathers, and while uncomfortable sometimes for the bird are completely natural. The new feathers coming in still have a blood flow to them, so they are wrapped in a stiff sheath to protect them from breaking and the bird bleeding.

It would be good to provide the bird with clean bath water for a couple of hours each day. Bathing softens the sheath and encourages the bird to preen the feathers as they are ready to come out.

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