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Old 04-04-2007, 04:56 PM
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green amazon parrot biting its own feet; bleeding!

okay... i have this amazon parrot... healthy during summers and it seems to be a seasonal thing... before i consult with a vet was wondering if anyone has had this happen... he tends to bite his feet and it bleeds all over the perches... i have taken a smaller bird a few years ago to the vet and he prescribed some kind of ointment but the bird died before we could tell if it was working.

is this common? why is our parrot biting his own feet and causing it to bleed?

i will do a major cleaning of his perches and cage when one of us takes him to see the vet but still, whats happening here?
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Old 04-05-2007, 07:28 AM
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Re: green amazon parrot biting its own feet; bleeding!

I could only find one thing on this. Could it possibly be mites or just really dry skin? A way to check for mites is to cover the cage with a white sheet at night, and if there are little red dots on the cage the next morning, then you have mites. Of course it's not 100% accurate, so it's always best to check with your avian vet.

I found a person on another forum with a similar problem with their African Grey. It was recommended that they put Aloe on the birds feet. Personally, I don't know if I'd do this, as birds are so delicate that I would never self-diagnose my bird. On the flip side, aloe is a bird safe plant, so it might be safe. Of course if it were processed aloe, then there might be some unsafe chemicals in it. Can you tell I'm indecisive?

One thing I can definitely decide on is that it's best to check with your avian vet on what could be wrong & how to fix it.
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Re: green amazon parrot biting its own feet; bleeding!

WELCOME TO PARROT FORUMS

Bucc has been known to bite his feet, but not to the extent of making them bleed. I wouldn't put anything on your birds feet until you have seen a Vet.

I think I would spray the feet with water just until you are able to get an appointment, no this won't help clear it up but it might just help relieve whatever is causing him to bite like this.
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Re: green amazon parrot biting its own feet; bleeding!

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... aloe is a bird safe plant, so it might be safe. Of course if it were processed aloe, then there might be some unsafe chemicals in it...
If you cut the leaf of an aloe plant and use the pure aloe that you get it IS safe for your birdie. I have seen this suggested on other forums for dry/irritated skin. I have also seen it as a suggestion for a rather hard molt. DO NOT BUY ALOE OFF THE SHELF AT THE STORE AND USE IT ON YOUR BIRD ... THIS IS NOT SAFE!

It is always best to check with your avian vet for health care concerns, that's what they are there for. But aloe is not an unheard of possibility, but only if it's 110% pure ... AKA right from the plant!

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Re: green amazon parrot biting its own feet; bleeding!

When Gemini was plucking really bad while having a molt, the vet gave us Aloe to bath him, it does help with dry skin but doesn't cure the bird, Gemini is back to plucking again.
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Actually, I've just returned from visiting an avian Vet because my 2 y/o CAG has begun picking at his feet AGAIN...did so for 1st time about a year ago...we fee it's psychological bec all lab tests are neg. Long story short, he recommended using pure aloe from a plant on the bird's feet...I believe that my bird was frightened a couple of days ago, and is NOW biting because his feet hurt. We're going to give the aloe a try for 10 days. Hope that this helps.
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Welcome to you 2ndNoah, hope we get to see some pics of your flock soon.

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Re: green amazon parrot biting its own feet; bleeding!

I was told by my vet to watch out for a tiny (almost invisible) mite that can live in the cracks of birds leathery feet. You can paint on an antiseptic or you can paint on a potion from the vet tastes foul to the birds if its just a habit thing.
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Re: green amazon parrot biting its own feet; bleeding!

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Re: green amazon parrot biting its own feet; bleeding!

Welcome racinghart! The one thing that popped out at me when I read your post was that you said it is seasonal and in the Summer your fid is healthy.

As has been said, avian veterinary medicine is the way to go for all vet concerns.

But, it did make me wonder about dry, cold air in Winter possibly causing this?

From about April/May through the first freeze in about October, my hands look 'normal' ... as soon as the first freeze of the season hits, my hands dry up severely and crack and bleed, with big gashes.

Best of luck in your search for an answer. But welcome and we'd love to see pics!
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