It is common for budgerigars to put their feathers in order, for them it is both self-care and entertainment. Parrots can spend up to three hours a day doing this. At the same time, a wavy parrot itches sometimes for completely different reasons. If a bird behaves uneasily and cleans feathers too often, there may be a number of reasons for this behavior.
Some of them indicate poor health. What to do with severe scratching of a parrot? First you need to determine the reasons, some of them do not require intervention.
Healthy scratching reasons
Another natural reason for scratching is the molting process. During this period, the parrots change their plumage, new feathers cause irritation of the skin. For this reason, the pet intensively scratches the skin with its beak.
The strongest molt in parrots occurs for the first time. You can track the beginning of molting by feathers lying in different parts of the cage and the beginnings of new feathers on the pet’s body. At this time, he usually sleeps a little and is nervous. He needs to provide good nutrition and protect from stress.
How often does a parrot molt? There are two large molts per year, and several smaller ones are distinguished. Healthy budgies do not change their behavior and lifestyle when changing feathers. Therefore, do not worry if the parrot molts and itches at the same time.
Scratching as a symptom of disease
If the budgerigar is constantly itching, its behavior is different from the usual state, then this may indicate the presence of diseases.
Budgerigars often itch with the following diseases:
- Infection with parasites – ticks or down-eaters.
- Fungal disease.
An exact diagnosis can only be made by an ornithologist, but the owner can make a preliminary conclusion when examining a bird.
Ticks can be seen visually, small dots of 1-2 mm in size indicate their presence. Signs are also the presence on the body of growths, peeling, porosity.
Puffer eaters feed on feathers, so budgerigars suffer from severe itching.
The pet may lose sleep, appetite, be restless or lethargic. When it is not possible to examine parasites with the naked eye, you can use a magnifying glass.
Peroids resemble lice, have a brown color and an elongated body.
If you consider the feathers that have fallen out, you can see the holes eaten away.
It is difficult to determine a fungal disease on your own, only a doctor can do this.
What else can cause itching?
In addition to diseases and molting, budgerigars itch for other reasons.
What else can cause itching?
- Budgerigars itch due to commonplace stress. Parrots are susceptible to the environment, they are very affected when separated from a partner, changing their habitat. They care about the emergence of a new owner and a long stay in solitude. By scratching, they calm themselves.
- Low humidity. Dry skin is unpleasant for birds and they begin to itch.
- Lack of vitamins.
- The room in a cage without sanitization.
What measures should be taken
The parrot itches, growths on its body, wings fall out with blood, it is restless or passive. If you have these symptoms, you should immediately contact your veterinarian. To combat ticks, an aversive ointment and liquid paraffin are suitable.
You can eliminate the cannibals with Frontline in the form of a spray. The tool is applied to the withers of the parrot so that it cannot reach its place with its beak.
To prevent infection with parasites, it is important to regularly wash the cell, change water and food.