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Old 10-22-2012, 11:02 AM
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Unhappy Molting remedies

My Hahn's Macaw, Kiki, just turned 2 in June and this Fall she is having a TERRIBLE molt she is just miserable....she will hardly eat only playing a little, she lets me help her a little but she is just miserable. Does anyone have any natural suggestions to help ease her itchiness?
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Re: Molting remedies

My safe bird store has several sprays which can ease some of the itchiness of molting.
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I'm so sorry she is having such a hard time with her molt. Hopefully it will be over soon.
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Re: Molting remedies

More frequent bathing opportunities... maybe add in some Red Palm Oil to her diet... could occasionally add in some aloe vera to her bath water (not every bath but maybe every 4th one?)...

Or maybe a spray, too! Typically, water is the best answer!
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Re: Molting remedies

Give 2 showers per week. Once wet to the bone use a dime size amount of pure 100% aloe Vera and rub it into their feather while wet. Use a blow dryer on low and hold 36 inches away from your Macaw until they are dry. It is bird safe, great for their skin and feathers. Best of luck Joe
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Re: Molting remedies

I don't necessarily recommend hair dryers... some may contain PTFE... and others may be ionic hair dryers which aren't good either... it's possible for hair dryers to dry out their skin more, and wet feathers is *supposed* to encourage a bird to preen and dry off. This is especially important for a bird with feather grooming disorders.

Just saying, use caution and make sure the hair dryer is safe if you are going to use it!
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Re: Molting remedies

I'd give her the wet to the bone bath in a warm bathroom after you take a shower and let her dry in the warm air. A completely wet bird cannot keep itself warm.
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Re: Molting remedies

I agree, I would not let a wet bird to dry on it's own if you live in a climate Like Maryland where is now getting cold outside. I have been giving both my boys baths like this for years with no issues, no dried out feathers or skin. they are both in perfect feather. The Aloe is wonderful for their feathers. If you live in a warm to hot climate, them by all means let them dry on their own. I also find that after my boys are completely dry, they preen on their own even dry. Best of luck Joe
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