why is my 15 week african grey parrot scraching its self ?

by cliff

why is my 15 week old african grey parrot, scraching itself on his left side, we have only just brought him home. is this because he's not settled in yet?

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Jan 08, 2012
15 wk old grey scratching
by: Anonymous

I think you might need to give more detail about your birds scratching. Is he scratching like he itches? Or like he's trying to hurt himself?

See, He's still young, my thoughts on this is he's still getting in NEW FEATHERS, which are called PIN FEATHERS, they come in looking like needles and are covered in karatine coating to protect it. WHen those feathers come in they can itch, or slightly irratate the skin. You can see PIN FEATHERS, so give it a look see if there's any there. If not, I'd suggest a trip to the vet to assure you that everything is alright with your newest family member. A vet is the only one to properly diagnose your bird, as they can examine it in person.

Jan 08, 2012
why is my 15 week african grey parrot scraching its self ?
by: Linda

The very first thing we highly recommend is an exam by an Avian Vet within the first few days because most new birds have infections and/or parasites of some kind depending on what kind of environment they came from. Some birds live in filth at some breeders', and are usually sick with an infection and may also have various skin problems.Birds from pet stores are exposed to all kinds of things while around other birds, so most likely your bird is sick with something. Birds do not get over infections without being diagnosed and treated by an Avian Vet only.

Once Avian Vet has examined your bird, and he is better, get him changed from seeds to organic pelleted diet with Harrison's being the best and found here. Here is a link on how to go about the change as it takes time:

Switching Birds To Pellets article

Get your bird in to be examined by an Avian Vet right away because this is not normal behavior in any way. The longer you wait, the more likely he is to tear himself up scratching, so please Find an Avian Vet in your driving area and get him in there.

Linda

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