Blowing air from your home’s furnace, dries out your bird’s feather system. This can lead to over preening and feather destruction. A humidifier and bathing on a regular basis will do wonders to help your Bird feel good and help it maintain its 10,000 or so feathers (and you thought putting on makeup was a chore?)
Keep your bird cage away from the direct air flow of warm air. Much like the problems you may have with fans blowing in the summer, the flow of air coming from the heat can cause your bird to over preen.
Much like humans, your birds underlying skin can dry out as well as it’s feathers. Keep your bird moist this winter with a bird mister or allow them to bathe on a regular basis. If you are having problems getting your bird to bathe read this
We’ve turned on our category of Winter Survival Gear for Birds to help you find products make winter care easier. If you haven’t already, check out this heated bird perch – your bird will thank you. We also found a bunch of energy-saving gadgets that will help keep your bird warm this winter while saving you money. Check out our new Heated Perches category
A couple who are a pair of our best customers came in yesterday to fill up a shopping cart full of toys for their lucky bird.
In spite of their efforts to supply their Moluccan Cockatoo with the most and best money can offer, he had begun plucking. The bird had been to the vet whose diagnosis for the 3-1/2 year old was “hormonal.”
If I hadn’t made it clear before – I am no bird expert. I know what I have learned from helping thousands of WindyCityParrot.com customers over the years. But the “hormonal” thing bothered me. I asked myself why don’t all or even half of all Moluccan start plucking when they turn 3?
So I asked these folks some questions:
- Were any fans or blowers blowing on the bird? – Ceiling and floor fans as well as force air registers that blow air near a bird will ruffle feathers which can cause a bird to over preen. “No – no drafts in the room.”
- Lighting – since daylight savings time was he getting enough light? Birds can get depressed like humans. “Could be a problem”
- When did they turn on the furnace for the first time this year? “Two weeks ago” How long has he been plucking? “Two weeks.”
We stopped right there. A Cockatoo’s skin is dry in the best of conditions. The dry warm air may have been the trigger – The timing is too close not to look at this as a real factor. Birds, just like us humans will experience dry skin in the winter.
Thanx for listening
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