On 1/26/09, V Amber wrote:
> My Hanns Macaw has recently started "crying out" when
> cleaning his feathers. I first thought his beak was too
> long and sharp so I had it trimmed and filed but he still
> cries out.......I feel bad for him and wonder if he could
> have lice or maybe some kind of skin irritation but I
> don't see anything out of the ordinary...Does anyone have
> any thoughts?
I would first take the bird to the vet to find out if there
is a problem.
I have seen CAGs do this to get moms attention.
Pluck, cry, mom comes over to get them.
The danger of becoming a chronic pluckier is likely.
If the vet check comes back OK including a check for a Yeast
Start giving the bird more attention, healthy food, foot
toys, preening toys When he is NOT partaking in the
I know it is hard not to go to a crying bird but you do not
want to reinforce a negative behavior
But please check with a good vet first!
best of luck