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Help! My conure is driving me nuts. She licks me constantly when she is on me, which is most of the time. Is she liking the salt on my skin (maybe she is deficient in some mineral???) or is this mating behavior or what?

Has anyone experienced this? she also has been pulling feathers out for a few months now, and the vet and I figured that was hormonal/mating behavior. I tried changing her cage around and making it dark for more hours and it didn't help so she had a hormone shot. That didn't help either.

She is 9 yrs old and I've had her for 7 of those years. She is a rescue, and a wonderful companion.
Thanks for any insights,
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Licking could just be for affection, I've had sun conures lick me tons and not want to be away from me, you could try giving her extra vitamins and minerals etc if that is what you feel may work best.

Her plucking may be due hormones, it depends, is she housed in a big enough cage etc? And if you believe you're making her want to mate more then remove any nest like things from cages eg, snuggle hut things

Other than that, welcome to the forum!
 

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Thanks for the welcome. I have taken out anything that I know could be a mating stimulant. As for supplementing her food, is there some specific mineral or vitamin deficiency that has licking as a symptom? If so, I'd know what to give her extra of.
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You can get iodised licks for birds, which is what may be causing the licking. Its a small pink block, you can get them at any good bird/pet store or easily find one online :)
 

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Did you know that parrot tongues have two bones in them? Helps them manipulate seeds and nuts for cracking them open. I learned that in an anatomy seminar at our bird club.

My conure now has a salt lick and a mineral block in the cage. So far she won't go near them. I suppose it'll take some time for her to get curious and explore them. I'll keep you all posted.
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Yes they do haha!
That's good, you could try introducing it in your hand or something if she's avoiding it
 

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I had no idea about the tongues having bones. Thanks for the information.
 

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Goober used to do that, it drove me nuts :giggle: I dont mind some licking or nibbling, but she got to where she worked up a bunch o spit so it was wet, soggy licks lol. I used to just gently tell her no and distract her with something, either food or toys that she could nibble or lick on instead
 

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Jenny, she sounds like a laugh :lol: I can see why you wouldn't appreciate it
 
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Jenny, she sounds like a laugh :lol: I can see why you wouldn't appreciate it
If it were my arms or something I wouldn't have minded as much... but it was always my face! Specifically my cheeks and forehead :shrug: :rofl: She used to also do it to my laptop screen, so i had these nasty spit smears across the screen... made a good conversation piece, tho!
 

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bless her! :giggle:
 

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Hi. I just wanted to follow up with this group about my conure. Unfortunately she passed away last Friday. She was fine in the morning, then was dead at the bottom of the cage in the evening. She was only 9. I had taken her to the vet just a few weeks ago, even had blood work done. I guess it was just her time. I am consoling myself with knowing I gave her a very good life, even if it was short. I miss her a lot.
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I'm SO sorry to hear this, rest in peace little one
 

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Oh my, I'm so sorry to hear this! What a shock! So sad....
 

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So sorry for your loss, do you think the licking had any thing to do with her passing? Do you have lotion on your arms or perfume? I was reading all the posts and was shocked to see that she passed away, I am so sorry, that must be heart breaking for you.
 

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Thank you to everyone for your kind words. I don't like perfume or lotions with any smell to them (which is all of them!). I just like clean fresh air. I use Dial soap, but have used that forever, and haven't changed anything that I could think of. In another thread, someone mentioned their bird died of PDD and infant to learn more about that. Autumn had started plucking her feathers, so I'm thinking it might have been a symptom. At the time the vet and I thought it was hormonal, but I did all I could think of to stop that, even a hormone shot.
 

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Hehehe, that makes me laugh! My Sun will lick me sometimes but not as ferociously as that. I hope things get better. My cockatiel has had a lot of hormonal issues as well. She was egg bound at one scary point!
 
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