Parakeet scratching frantically

by samantha balbuena
(chicago IL)

My parakeet continuous scratching his back as if something bothered him, he moves his wings frantically and moves in all directions. and it has been a week that is started.

What can I do? or what is it, that my bird has? I always clean his cage and change its dirty water and food everyday!

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Feb 24, 2011
Parakeet scratching frantically
by: Linda

Your little bird is seriously suffering from either an allergic reaction to a toxin in his environment, food, water or treats or has an external parasite like mites. You have to take him to be examined by an Avian Vet who can determine what kind of parasite this is or if it is an allergic reaction to something environmental. Once problem is diagnosed, it can be treated with something safe.

Do not, for any reason, go to a pet store and buy some poison that is supposedly for mites when you don't even know if your bird has them or what type of mites they may be. Never buy over the counter meds for your bird and this especially includes pet stores as most of the meds they sell are dangerous and can and do kill birds everyday.

Let us know what Avian Vet has to say and do not wait any longer to take bird to avian vet as your bird is suffering and will start to make his skin bleed eventually which will set him up for infection which will also need to be treated by an avian vet. The longer people wait to get medical help for their birds and other pets, the more expensive it will be, so do it now.


Feb 23, 2011
Parrot scratching itself
by: The Avian Vet

He may be molting. His skin may be dry because of low humidity. He could have Giardia. There are many things that could be causing this. You should take him to see an avian veterinarian. Changing is water once daily is not enough. He should drink from a water bottle, like the Lixit water bottle, because it is more sanitary. But if he is drinking from a bowl, then this needs to be changes every 3-4 hours to prevent bacterial growth in the dish.

Dr B

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