Pin feathers

mayouya

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Green Cheek Conure
Hello, I have a green-cheek conure named Toki. I’ve had him since he was 3 months old (got him in Feb, so he’s about 8 months now) and he’s really attached to me.
He demands my attention whenever I’m near, uses me as a big playground and loves giving me kisses.
However, his pin feathers keep coming in and in the past I’ve been able to crush them but he doesn’t really let me touch them anymore. He moves around a lot and nips at my fingers when I try. I understand that they’re sensitive so I’m as gentle as I can be but I can’t get to them and there’s quite a few now.
Is there anything I can do to calm him so I can get to them or should I leave them? Thank you!
 

ctwo

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I would leave them alone.
 

clark_conure

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Jul 14, 2017
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A crossover Quaker Scuti (F), A Sun conure name TBD (?), A Cinnamon Green Cheek conure name TBD (?), and 6 budgies, Scuti Jr. (f), Blue (m), yellow (m), clark Jr. (f), and two babies name TBD (f&f).
Leave them alone.

Encourage misting, baths, showering with you. That's the best way to help.
 

Witchhazelharpy

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Apple and Zippy. R. I. P. Bennie who passed very recently.
Hello, I have a green-cheek conure named Toki. I’ve had him since he was 3 months old (got him in Feb, so he’s about 8 months now) and he’s really attached to me.
He demands my attention whenever I’m near, uses me as a big playground and loves giving me kisses.
However, his pin feathers keep coming in and in the past I’ve been able to crush them but he doesn’t really let me touch them anymore. He moves around a lot and nips at my fingers when I try. I understand that they’re sensitive so I’m as gentle as I can be but I can’t get to them and there’s quite a few now.
Is there anything I can do to calm him so I can get to them or should I leave them? Thank you!
Hello to you and Toki! From my experience, pinfeathers go through different stages, one when they aren't ready to come out. Toki might be having these if they are new pinfeathers. If your bird isn't letting you touch them, the best thing to do is to leave them until they're ready to be scritched off. Molting is often an uncomfortable and itchy experience for birds, so other ways you could help them is giving them baths and misting them. Water can soothe irritation from pinfeathers.
Wishing a good day to you and Toki! ❤️
 

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