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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 01-04-2017, 08:45 AM Thread Starter
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Question Feather dust on tiels

I know there's a post somewhere here or something but I can't find it so

I've been noticing that when the tiels ruffle their feathers or flap their wings, tiny bits of feathers fly EVERYWHERE. I've seen a little bit from Lemon but I gave him a bath yesterday so I don't know if that helped or not.

Is a bath a good solution to it??? I HIGHLY doubt they've ever had one, so I'm tempted to try. Is there a better solution to it?
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Tiels are notoriously dusty birds, but all birds get dusty especially when molting so expect to see little and sometimes the longer flight and tail feathers on the cage floor and around the cage. Keep vacuuming daily to keep up with the feathers and dust when the birds molt they nip and chew preening the new feathers in and this causes a whitish dust to cover everything.

Bathing is a great way to help keep the dust down but if your birds have never bathed it will be hard for you to get them out of the cage and into water.

I would put a towel over the back of the tiels cage and then get a clean NEW spray bottle, don't use a bottle that had any cleaning solution in it. Buy a new bottle as they are inexpensive, fill the bottle with warm clean water, set the nozzle to spray a mist, make sure you don't set it to spray a stream.

Then lightly spray the mist over top of the birds cage letting it softly rain down on them. They will either move away from the wetness or they might just get into it and start leaning forward spreading their wings and body to let in more water on their bodies. Don't pump the mist at them, it has to fall above them and rain down as its less scary to them to experience that.

I find that when I pump the handle of the bottle I have to try doing this slowly and very quietly as the noise of the pumping action can spook the birds.

After a few mins of misting them (hoping that they enjoy this experience) you can wipe down the top sides and back of the cage from the outside and maybe you can reach in and wipe down the perches and objects in the cage that might have gotten wet.

A good thing to do before you give the birds a mist is to take out any food and water dishes and anything that you don't want to get too wet, you will have to put fresh dry papers on the cage floor after the misting.

I had a couple of breeder tiels that had never had human contact in years and had never bathed they were filthy and their feathers were in horrible condition so I gave them mist baths at first and after the 2nd or 3rd time they loved it. They would stretch their bodies out and bend to get into the mist as much as I could offer, it really made them happy to be bathed.

Good luck if you try this method.

SPRING! Coming soon.... I hope

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Cockatiels are very dusty and if they suddenly lose that powder down, be concerned!

You can help reduce it a little bit by misting them down and providing bathing opportunities often but you'll never get rid of it. You should try having one of the large white cockatoos. Every time Boo brushed against something it ended up covered in this soft powder!

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