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chewing foot?

munch has a strange obsession with chewing her feet. i appears shes chewing off the dead skin, shes not leaving sores but she does it for hours a day. shes only ever picked a scale off once... but no damage done. i dont get why shes this obsessed with chewing her feet!

anyone else got a clue? shes done this for a few months, since shes started her molt







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Oh some of my birds do that but I've never really thought much of it, I thought they were just getting rid of old skin mostly the kakarikis or Joey that does it

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Goober does that. Dunno why, but she's never hurt herself so I just leave it be



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My parrotlet also grooms his feet a lot, but I do believe that is a parrotlet thing...lol I wonder if they are dry and irritated from her illness?? Is she handlable to the point you can rub her feet?? What if you rubbed a tiny bit of olive oil or fish oil onto them?? Neither would be harmful if she chewed at them. ( just thinking out loud)
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Solo does it sometimes I wouldn't worry

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we have canola oil....?
i think we might even have aloe vera gel... that might soothe whatever is irritating her.

maybe it is nothing, but she spends 30% of her day doing it!



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Canola oil should be fine also... it is not like she will get much if she does chew here foot... not sure on the aloe vera gel... might have chemicals in it if it is for sunburn or whatever.
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true, thats why i would have checked the ingredients to see if it was pure or not. if it wasnt i wouldnt use it. we will use the canola oil then.



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You can also use a touch of olive oil. Just make sure you don't get any on her feathers



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just looked, we got no oil of any kind LOL we use the canola spray for cooking... but thats not gonna work with munch


i do have Bird Salve, its a soothing antiseptic ointment for birds. its got aloe vera to soothe...
i will use that. completely forgot i had it. usually only use it for bitten toes...


EDIT: put it on her feet and got a good chomp lol



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just looked, we got no oil of any kind LOL we use the canola spray for cooking... but thats not gonna work with munch


i do have Bird Salve, its a soothing antiseptic ointment for birds. its got aloe vera to soothe...
i will use that. completely forgot i had it. usually only use it for bitten toes...


EDIT: put it on her feet and got a good chomp lol
They always know just how to reward us for all our hard work, eh?



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yeah some days i wonder how much she really appreciates it all lol



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I don't know about Lovebirds, but Parrotlets groom their feet and nails, and take good care of them! It's great -- I never have to have Angelina's nails clipped!

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Every now and then CC seems sort of foot-obsessed too, but not for that much of the time. Then again, CC is one of the few birds I've ever seen content to just sit in her cage and STARE at me all day. I give her toys? She ignores them. Food? Ignores it, unless I'm in the room for her to throw the food at while she eats. Treats? Unless it's millet seed, wants nothing to do with them. But BOY does she scream if I leave the room.

Go figure. I would chalk it up to "birds are weird" unless it seemed Munch was actually doing some damage to herself. Otherwise I think you're fine.
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i think shes just foot obsessed in general. she nipped tsuka's foot through the cage bars when he was having out of cage time, but chomped dally's toe and now im dealing with a broken toe! she waits for them, hanging upside down on top of her cage... well now she gave dally a good chomp as soon as she landed and before i could stop it....

munch! that toe will be a whole new post...



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Awww , BAD GIRL!!! I have heard that is a lovie thing tho... toe biting... them seem to have a toe fetish...lol Maybe you could get a sheet of pexi glass and cover the top of her cage so if the others do land on the top she can't reach them.
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Piper does this too.

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i put a pillow case over the whole top of the cage for now, one day i want a plexiglass sheet. much better lol



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My female is obsessed with her feet too. She also almost always holds her right foot up in the air when she's perched. If it keeps being a problem try to locate a container of bag balm. It's super cheap, lasts forever, is completely natural, and I use it constantly on all kinds of ailments on all kinds of animals. Horses, dogs, cats, birds... I've used it on small scrapes and mystery rashes on all of them. In addition to cleaning and disinfecting the cut, it's a pretty gloopy product so it doesn't just rub off of them, and it creates a sort of barrier so that nothing new gets it.

We usually just smear some on an old perch then put Apple on it to get her feet coated, it's done a lot for the dry skin on her feet. When we first got her she was actually chewing them enough to cause sores.
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