Maybe it seemed to work well this time but I sure would be
afraid of it building up and then the birds fussing to get it
off and end up feather picking.
On 3/01/09, Gwen wrote:
> On 3/01/09, Stunned wrote:
>> 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.
> Well first of all it would be nice to know who you are, it
drives me crazy when
> people post anonymously! Second when I dip them in a vat of
oil this will apply
> better but thanks for the post, it was very nicely said. If
you had read my second
> post maybe you would not have been so quick to judge. So here
it is again for
> I actually tried it in their bath water ... I used about
a tsp in a
> Large spray bottle. Had to shake it up quite often but it
still separated for the
> most part. I used it on my hands first to see how much of
the oil actually came
> out and it felt about the same as using aloe in the
water. All of the really thick
> messy stuff didn't come out so it worked quite well. Now
everyone's dry and
> their feathers look even better now.
> When I said very little came out I mean VERY LITTLE. Now if I
were stupid enough
> to "lather" them up with then yes your criticism was right on
cue but since I didn't
> .. and had you bothered to READ the posts you would know
that ... then your
> criticism is a preemptive strike. I do agree with you there
are idiots out there that
> will try that so I do understand your position .. better safe
> NOW what really bothers me is you "reprimanding" me on how I
refer to my BIRDS.
> I cannot have CHILDREN .... SO my Birds are my FAMILY. Thank
you for bring that
> wonderful tidbit back into the light of day!! Really
appreciate it! As far as I'm
> concerned if you OWN birds and they are nothing to you than
BIRDS then your
> BIRDS are the ones to be pitied. Do NOT feel sorry for my
FIDS as they are MORE
> RESPECTED and better taken care of than 90&37; of any CHILD
out there human, bird
> or otherwise!! My birds are NOT cage critters NOR are they
breeders. All but 2 are
> rescues so don't lecture me on "how to respect them" or what
they mean to me
> YOU HAVE NO CLUE!!
> In conclusion: 1.)Thank you for your opinion. 2.)I'm not an
idiot who is giving
> their BIRDS a bath in motor oil. 3.) I will refer to my
CHILDREN ANY WAY I WANT
> Now have a wonderful day as I plan to! I'm giving all of my
FIDS new toys :-)
> That's always a good day!
> GreyLady ... thank you again! You've always been a sweetheart
to me and I
> appreciate that! Your advice is always appreciated