A healthy parrot spends a lot of time cleaning its feathers. For him, it is a hygienic procedure and fun in one bottle. Sometimes the owners notice that their pet itches too often. This can be both the first sign of the disease, and absolutely normal.
Parrots can scratch their feathers for up to three hours a day, this is completely normal. Sometimes they rub their heads with their paws and even push them through the bars of the cage. However, it is worth remembering that parrots itch not only for hygienic reasons. Active scratching may indicate that your pet has begun molting, and feathers scattered throughout the cage may also report this. The parrot is combing out old feathers with its paws, making room for new ones. During molting, it is necessary to monitor the diet of the parrot, your pet must be sure to get enough calcium.
If it seems to you that your parrot is scratching too actively, then you can examine the feathers that have fallen out. They should not have traces of blood on them, and they should not be too disheveled, that is, be damaged. Perhaps the room is too dry, because of this, the parrot itches too often. The air humidity should be approximately 70%. The skin of the bird is dehydrated from dryness and itching appears. To moisturize the skin, the parrot should bathe regularly, you can also spray the bird from a spray bottle from time to time.
Signs that a bird is itching for unnatural reasons are peeling of the beak and legs. At the first symptoms of malaise, it is urgent to show the parrot to the veterinarian. If you keep several birds, then the sick parrot must be quarantined.
Another reason for the "pruritus" of a parrot can be various parasites, such as ticks and downy eaters. In this case, you urgently need to treat the cage and all accessories with special disinfectants, and the bird must undergo an appropriate course of treatment, it is prescribed by a veterinarian.
If you do not find any signs of infection or parasites, but you still feel that the bird itches too often, just watch the pet. If a parrot swims, flies well and has an extraordinary appetite, then his regular "pruritus" is just one of the manifestations of activity. Perhaps he is simply too clean and there is no cause for concern.