On 2/28/09, Gwen wrote:
> Hi Everyone!
> I've recently noticed a few of my fids itching and
> occasionally pulling pin feathers out. We've all been to
> the vet to find nothing but dry skin. I don't run a
> humidifier but my guys get baths pretty often. (once every
> day or 2) I recently bought a case of red palm oil for
> myself and I found out that it's good for our feathered
> family members also! It tastes like crap to me but I use it
> for my hair. I'm going to try giving it to my fids on some
> toast or bananas or something but I was wondering about
> giving them baths with it? Oil doesn't mix well w/ water
> but that's how I use it on my hair and it has helped w/ my
> dry scalp so I was wondering if anyone uses it like this
> for the birds? Does it help?? Mixed w/ warm water and
> shaken often??
> Any input is appreciated! Thanks Gwen
I'm going to try to remain calm when I say this, but when I
read this I couldn't believe my eyes.
Oil, of ANY kind, is the number one enemy when applied to
feathers on ANY bird in this world.
Oil compromises the integrity of what a feather is designed
to do. It takes away the protective and insulating value
that the bird requires.
Have you never seen, read or heard the the documentaries
where water fowl die when oil spills invade their water
territories? Surely you've seen the birds being washed with
detergent to get the residual oil off of their feathers.
Many die because it is too late for them.
NEVER, EVER APPLY OIL DIRECTLY TO YOUR BIRD! Your hair and
scalp are nothing in comparison to the feathers of a bird.
Red Palm oil is very useful and beneficial for dietary
enhancement with birds. Use it as the oil in your bird bread.
Mix it with the bean or rice mixture you make when it is just
made and still warm. This helps to distribute it over the
food. Mix some into a small amount of seed and serve it to
your birds. Lightly steam some veggies for them and mix it
with them when they are warm. The options are endless.
The fact that you refer to your birds as "fids" implies that
you have lost the concept that they are birds and not humans.
Please give them the respect and understanding that they
deserve as animals and NOT humans.
And for Grey Lady, I'm appalled that you found nothing out of
sorts with this method since you dole out information as if
you are an avian diva. God help the birds in both your care.