Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Indiana, USA
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I thought I had allergies to birds years ago, and I gave up my birds. Several years later I discovered I am actually not allergic to birds, but I am highly allergic to gluten, which can be found in wheat, barley, and rye. I was instead allergic to the foods I was feeding the birds. I had a lory, and their food is powdery, and it would get airborne when I fed. That was what was making me sick.
I do think I am allergic to chickens, but it could be their feed, too. My kids used to have chickens, but they no longer do. I really like chickens, though.
Dusty birds are more irritating to many people, so that would include cockatiels, cockatoos, greys, and maybe some others I am unaware of. However, some people are allergic to all birds.
Do you have an air purifier? I think I would look into the possibility of getting an air purifier if I were you. It would probably help the air quality no matter what particle in the air you are actually reacting to.
After finding out what I am really allergic to, we now have 6 birds. I wasn't going to get any of the dusty birds, because of my past, but I really wanted a grey and I interacted with greys quite a bit and thought I would be ok. So far so good.
I very much recommend the air purifier, and you might even need more than one. The outdoor aviary is probably any even better idea. Both are expensive, but your health is priceless.
I recently had some allergy treatments for my own allergy to gluten. I will let you know in a while if I think it helped. If it helps, I will recommend it to others.