Should You Bathe Cockatoos and Amazon Parrots?

Should You Bathe Cockatoos and Amazon Parrots?

Sheryl M. asks:

Hi Mitch and Catherine,

Love your information.


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How Much Do You Understand About the Molt?

We’ve talked about the differences between molting, preening, and plucking in a post found here.

Molting is misunderstood and usually viewed as nothing more than a nuisance.

We have 10 birds in our home.

That means they’re going to shed between 50,000 and 70,000 feathers combined, annually!

Feathered factoid: Ducks have 10,000 or more feathers and swans have upwards of 12,000+.


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Can Light Therapy Solve These 3 Birds Hormonal Problems?

Drugs like Lupron, Haldol, and Prozac were designed and tested by the FDA on humans.


Zero long term testing of these drugs have been performed on any bird ~ ever.


The next time a veterinarian tells you “these are safe for your bird.”


Your response should be “please provide the data that backs up your statement.”



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Can I Give My Bird the Coronavirus? YES! Part 2

The WHO has Changed its Position on Coronavirus and Pets

2nd pet dog tests positive for COVID-19 coronavirus

Pet cat tests positive for coronavirus in Hong Kong


From the AVMA (American Veterinary Medical Association)

“Out of an abundance of caution, it is recommended that those ill with COVID-19 limit contact with animals until more information is known about the virus”  

Find part 1 here

Can the coronavirus infect cats and dogs?

Coronaviruses are not particularly hard to please when it comes to potential hosts — they’ve been detected in many mammal and bird species, including dogs and cats, as well as livestock like cows, chickens and pigs. Read more



I think your article on birds catching the covid-19 might be misleading. 


Is there evidence of transmission from humans to birds for covid19? 


I think it’s highly unlikely.   


While these viruses can occasionally jump between distantly related species, it’s not common.  



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Are Peanuts Making My Blue Crown Conure Itch?

Ward asks

My blue crown conure of at least 25yrs is acting odd. He seems to be scratching and bobbing as well as if he’s just very uncomfortable.


I recently ordered some peanuts in the shell and would give him 3-4 each day as a treat.

I started noticing very small moths in my home that lead back to the bag of peanuts that was teaming with larvae.

Do you think my conure is in danger from eating these peanuts?

Any advice is greatly appreciated.


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