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Old 07-12-2017, 08:22 PM
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My cockatoo is itching too much?

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Peanut, my cockatoo, has been itching and picking at his feathers for some time now and I'm not sure why. I took him to a avian vet almost a month ago, and the results came back great. The blood work and the other examinations showed that he was healthy, but I can't understand why he keeps itching. Sometimes he plucks, but is not as much as before when I first got him. He also hasn't stopped his nesting behavior. He likes to break pieces off of his toys and tries to stuff them into his feathers. Is this a reason for concern? On the plus side, he has been more and more playful with every passing day. It just seems that the constant itching and self grooming is a discomfort to him and I wish to help him.
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:25 PM
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Re: My cockatoo is itching too much?

Glad he's seen a vet and gotten an all clear health wise. Nice to hear he's becoming more playful and settling in.

In regards to the itching, what makes you believe he is itchy VS. simply preening (which parrots do all the time)? How often are you bathing him?
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Is it something they often do? I feel like he does it way too often. He will pick at his legs and chest which both have no feathers. I try to give him a shower every other day.
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Have you got any preening toys to distract him?
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Re: My cockatoo is itching too much?

Poor Peanut. All things considered including clean blood work it could be something as minor as the humidity in Peanut's room. How long have you had Peanut? Are you certain he isn't a she? My U2 tucks food and small pieces of wood blocks into her feathers, it's a natural behavior. Maybe cut down on the frequency of the baths, every other day may be causing dry skin. As Plumsmum mentioned, provide chew toys to distract Peanut.
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Poor Peanut. All things considered including clean blood work it could be something as minor as the humidity in Peanut's room. How long have you had Peanut? Are you certain he isn't a she? My U2 tucks food and small pieces of wood blocks into her feathers, it's a natural behavior. Maybe cut down on the frequency of the baths, every other day may be causing dry skin. As Plumsmum mentioned, provide chew toys to distract Peanut.
Please tell Poppy that she looks much better in hats than food and wood blocks LOL
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Re: My cockatoo is itching too much?

Can you post a video of Peanut's picking? Also an image of the areas that have been affected??
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Re: My cockatoo is itching too much?

I had the avian vet determine the sex and Peanut is male. I thought he was female too. I recently bought Peanut a new cage with a playstand on top. He hasn't used it yet though. He seems confused to what it is. I guess because of the last owner. The previous owner kept him in his small cage 24/7 for the first three years according to the pet store owner who sold me him. I recently bought ALOT of toys, one of them being mini pots and pans which he absolutely loves! The other toys he doesn't interact with much. I've had him for about a month and a half. There are days where he won't leave his cage even when it's open but he has been showing more playful behavior. Sometimes I play music and jump up and down to the beat to get him excited. It works sometimes. Our bond has grown a lot too over the past month. Every time I see him, I give a kiss on his head and he'll let out a small laugh lol. When he's relaxing in his cage I'll lay on the sofa I have in the room and he'll get out to perch on my leg and start meowing and barking. I'll post a video of him itching and his new area after work.
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He's been too busy playing to itch it seems ��
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