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My husband and I an amazon parrot. It looks like he has dandruff.

What can we do about that? And also our parrot has a little tub for to take a bath. But his doesn't use it. Does amazons usually take baths? We are first time owner of an amazon. Thankyou
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Yes they do take baths, my amazon always takes a bath when ever I vacuum the rug, use a spray bottle fill with warm water, be gentle not threatening , have fun with your parrot, they are the most amazing and fun pets you will ever own. My amazon is 19 years old and she is the best thing in my world . Spend time with your parrot, it will amaze you. I do give my parrot a bath she hoes in the shower. It's your child treat it like that it has feelings, needs love, and wants to be a part of your life it's a lot of work but I could not think of a better job. USMC Retired.
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They will take their own paths but you should be spraying them down with a spray bottle every day, not like a soak but a good mist all around their body. Dandruff is a cause of dry skin and birds need to be misted to keep their feathers and skin from drying out. If it gets worse they usually start to pluck their feathers and then you have an even BIGGER problem on your hands.
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Get a shower perch and put him in the shower with you when you take your shower. This will give him exposure to the humidity that he would normally get in his natural environment.
Plus, keep a spray bottle of water next to his cage and give him an occassional mist.
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The dandruff is definitely a result of dry skin, and if the bird is definitely not bathing and is dirty....try taking it in the shower with you. Birds will either bathe in a bird bath...or they will prefer to bath in a shower with their owner.
Birds should also be spray-msited 2-3 times per day...moisture is an absolute requirement for feather care.
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Hi, I'm wondering if it may be that your Parrot is molting.Molting consists of shedding old feathers to make way for new ones. The new feathers are "pin feathers" that start growing & can be painful and itchy. Pin feathers look like little white pins sticking out of the other feathers. A pin feather is a new feather with a casing "sheath" that covers the new feathers until they are ready to emerge. A parrot will remove most of these sheaths except on the neck and head where they can't reach.
These may be what the "Dandruff"you're seeing, really is.(Just a thought on my part)
As for the bath,I've owned Conures and African Greys,who all loved bathing,but none of them ever used their baths.Groucho would go to his water dish,and "splash" himself,where Buzzie liked it better when I misted him with warm water from a spray bottle so you may want to try that.(BTW,if it is pin feathers,the misting will help)
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How often do you have to clip a cockateils wings?

We just got 2 Cockateils about a month ago and they clipped teir wings we bought them. We were never told how often t clip them.
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Once a month ! Find yourself a good bird supplier. They typically offer grooming services that include clipping the wings, beak and nails for around $11.
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Each bird is a little different and that goes for there wings too! Just clip them when you start to see them growing different links usually every month.
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A Cockateil will need his wings clipped about every 4 to 6 months. The same applies to nail trimming.
Be very careful about the rough perches, as they have been known to damage some bird's feet.
You can use an emory board or a diamond file to file off the needle-like points if they get too sharp. Just make sure that you do it lightly and do not go too far. You will probably need a helper and need to towel the bird to restrain her.
And please do not listen to those who want to tell you that you should not clip your bird's wings. For every person saying that , there will be 2 or 3 people crying because their bird escaped , flew into a wall and broke its neck, or even( I actually knew someone who had this happen! ) flew into a pot of boiling soup !!
You are being a responsible bird owner by clipping the wings !
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Basically just keep them short. There is no exact time to trim. I would suggest every other month. You can also have your vet show you how to do this at home. I have done this for all of my birds that I have owned. It is very simple and it does not hurt them.
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my Yellow Collared macaw is a feather plucker - what can I do?

He is otherwise healthy - It first started when I had a heart attack about 4 - 5 years ago and my son would come round to feed him. I hadn't been home for nearly three weeks and by then he looked like a plucked chicken. only his head and neck and flight and tail feathers remain, and he continues to pluck.
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TAKE HIM TO A VET ! IMMEDIATELY
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WOW! He sounds REALLY, REALLY, REALLY bored! Especially if you wern't there to give him attention! You need to give him more toys to keep him distracted from feather-plucking!
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do have beak-trimming service for parakeet>

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I always trim my parakeets' beaks on my own. It's not that difficult if you are comfortable handling your birds and don't take off too much at one time.
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Grooming nails

I need to find some place closer to the coast to take my Canary to have his nails clipped. My eyes are not good enough to perform this myself.
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You can buy a sand perch from PETCO and put it in your bird's cage! It helps to keep their nails trimmed! And you don't have to go anywhere to get them trimmed! I have one in my cockatiel's cage and it works GREAT!!!!
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preening sprays for birds

what smells the nicest and safe for my cockatiel
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You should get this for your bird, it's called: "Natural Chemistry Bird Bath & Feather Groom Spray".

Helps your pet groom its feathers by removing soil and odors leaving silky, shiny feathers

Proven safe, non-irritating and hypo-allergenic

Earth and pet friendly, 100% natural and biodegradable

Hope this helps you!
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I just bought two parakeets, I'm new at this. How should I bathe them? Do I need to clip their nails? How often?

Can I leave the cage inside the house or outside? Or, what about the weather, can they stay outside at night?
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To trim the parakeet's nails, buy a sand perch because it's REALLY hard to trim their nails yourself! Sand perches are really good at keeping their nails trimed!

Birds are ment to be kept inside! Don't keep them outside unless you have a closed in area where drafts can't get in! It's best if you keep them inside where you can give them lots of attention!

To clip their wings, grab a cloth and scissors. (the colth will be to cover your bird with so it dosen't get stressed!). Cover your bird with a cloth and spread out one of it's wings, and clip the first ten feathers which are called "FLIGHTFEATHERS". But if you cut more than that you could hurt it because the rest of the feathers are called "BLOODFEATHERS" which contain blood. So you can see why it would hurt them if you cut more than ten feathers!

To bathe them, put a handtowel at the bottom of your shower (so they don't slip on the slippery floor!). Then place your birds on the handtowel and turn on the WARM water, wait a few minuets and take them out to let them dry off!

Hope this helps!
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Does PETCO offer wing clipping?

I would really like to get my parakeets wings clipped because I am afraid he might hurt himself flying around the room.
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No, Petco does not offer wing clipping. Check a local pet store thats privately owned
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Bathing a White Capped Pionus Parrot

I wasn't given any information about bathing my Murphy so I'm wondering if anyone knows if these birds prefer baths or showers? We have a handicap bar that runs horizontal to our tub inside so he could use that as a perch and I can turn the shower head towards him. Would this be good or should these birds have baths only? Thanks!
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All birds love water. Start by letting your bird take a bath on its own ( by putting a bowl of water in his cage ) and then get him used to the shower
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a bathing question about my bird

I hold my cockatiel under the water and get him very wet,, he likes it...I dry him under a 60 watt light bulb. Was wondering if soft water is good for him or should I use hard water...
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How do I trim my parrot and cockatiels peaks and nails and know where to stop at?

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does Petco clip birds wings?

I have a quaker parrot
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Can i get a manicure for my chicken at petco?

My chickens nails are curved at a wierd angle and are poking the inside of her feet
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