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nanci radell wrote at 2006-12-03 01:46:50
If your bird is plucking its feathers, then you need to mix 1 tablespoon of Listerine with a quart of water and spray him. It does not hurt him (unless you get him in the eyes) and before you know it ... all his feathers will be back. I do it to mine if they pluck. It works. Good Luck.

Chrys wrote at 2006-12-18 18:56:16
This doesn't work with most parrots.  If it did, you'd be rich!  Most parrots' problems with plucking are psychological or medical and you have to figure out what the basic, underlying problem is and resolve that before you can stop the plucking.

Tom T. wrote at 2014-11-28 04:31:05
I have also treated with the Listerine Water mix . Iv used it on a Blue and Gold Macaw and it has worked very well . Its not a fix for the problem , but it has slowed the plucking . Iv heard from others saying they used it on smaller birds , and it almost killed the bird . One person was spraying daily . My understanding is you treat every 2 to 3 days maybe even more days in between . I do not spray mine  Every 2 to 3 days . Its more like maybe twice a week . There are people who believe it works , and there are those who think it is deadly . Does the bird size matter ??  


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I`ve been raising/breeding/handfeeding/selling parrots for over 20 years (parakeets/budgies, cockatiels, 6 subspecies of conures, parrotlets, amazons, lovebirds, etc.). I've been published in "Budgies" and "Cockatiels" offered by Bow Tie Productions, and have written avian articles for publication in England. I can provide advice in raising healthy birds, handfeeding/weaning babies, some health problems, nail/beak/wing clipping, general husbandry, etc. I also have experience with racing/showing homing pigeons. I cannot diagnose specific illness over this website. If you suspect your bird is ill or if you have an emergency, contact a certified avian veterinarian or emergency pet clinic ASAP.


Experience: Over 20 years raising parrots and over 13 years raising pigeons. Organizations: Currently, American Racing Pigeon Union. Prior member Miami Valley Bird Club, Southern Ohio Pigeon Association, National Cockatiel Society, Miami Valley Sportsman's Club, others. Publications: Monthly newsletters of bird clubs.

American Federation of Aviculture, completed Level I course, Fundamentals of Aviculture. Keeping/breeding parrots and other birds for over 20 years.

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