Why Is My Parakeet Itching So Much (Plus Relief Tips)

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Parakeets have a natural ability for grooming. All birds, including parakeets, spend a significant amount of their morning grooming. Your parakeet should be used to scratching himself when he itches, but he might be doing it excessively.

4 Causes of a Parakeet’s Itch 

Since parakeets frequently groom themselves, frequent scratching and preening are expected. But extreme itching can indicate something else, such as

  • Molting
  • Regular primping
  • Dry skin
  • Removing pests

We’ll go through these typical causes of your parakeet’s excessive scratching in this article, along with solutions.

1. Molting

The most frequent cause of excessive scratching in parakeets is molting. When addressing your parakeet’s scratchiness, start by ruling out this possibility. A bird replaces all of its old, worn-out feathers with new ones during the yearly, gradual process known as molting.

Your parakeet might feel anxious and uncomfortable, even though it is a routine, annual procedure. Your parakeet may become tired and possibly irritable as a result of this.

2. Regular Primping

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It could appear that your bird is continuously fussing with his feathers and rubbing his skin with his beak. That is typical. Birds must continuously straighten and fluff their feathers through a procedure called grooming to keep warm and fly as well as possible.

They regularly search for and remove dust, dirt, or foreign items using their beaks. A parakeet can spend several hours grooming every day, which might take several days if hi molting.

3. Dry skin

We have ruled out yearly molting and typical preening habits. The parakeet continues to scratch excessively, nonetheless. Our dry skin is most likely the problem. 

If your parakeet appears to be obsessively scratching, there are a few signs you should watch out for. 

Look for the following when inspecting your parakeet:

  • Bald Spots

They may be plucking feathers if scratching excessively. They may rub until their skin and feathers are damaged if their skin is dehydrated.

  • Red Skin or Scratch Marks 

When someone is itchy, they may scratch themselves until they bleed as they attempt to solve the issue. 

  • Exposed Skin Around The Feet 

They have been observed scratching their legs around each other, causing feather loss in specific areas, and damaging their feathers with their beaks.

  • Flaking

Your parrot may develop flaking skin, which looks like thicker dandruff on its head and face.

Treating Dry Skin

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Here are two things you can do to help your parakeet stop scratching due to dry skin

  • Baths

They usually do a fantastic job of cleaning themselves, but you might need to assist them if there is low humidity, allergens, or just some hard-to-reach dust. Use a spray bottle or a bowl of warm water to dampen their feathers and loosen the soil

  • Dietary Allergies

Their diet may be the issue. Some bird feeds might not adequately nourish parakeets or contain inferior ingredients. Make sure your pet eats the right food, or consider choosing higher-quality treats and meals.

4. Removing Pests

Although uncommon, mites and lice are possible. And when they attack your pet, he will feel uncomfortable and itchy. 

There are a few parasites known to affect parakeets. The majority of external parasites, like mites, ticks, and lice, should be easy to see by examining your bird.

Since symptoms like feather loss may not appear until the infestation has already spread, internal parasites can be harder to detect.

How Can You Get Rid of Parakeet Mites?

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Here are a few offenders that occasionally make parakeets their home. It’s crucial to call your veterinarian for treatment options whenever you think your parakeet might be experiencing creepy crawlies.

It is essential to remember that if you discover a parasitic infestation on one of your birds, it is likely that your other birds are also sick.

1. Parakeet Red Mites

Red mites are tiny, active nighttime bloodsuckers. The trick to locating them is to stick the double-sided tape in your budgies’ cage, where they tend to congregate, and the small red mites should get trapped. They can be challenging to see with the naked eye.

2. Parakeet Scaly Leg Mites

Similar to face mites, parakeet scaly leg mites attack the legs and cause an infection that causes swelling and pain. A salve can be used to remove the scaly leg mites of a parakeet.

3. Parakeet Lice

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 Although rare, wild birds can spread these pests. They are pretty uncomfortable and scratchy, and your bird will struggle. It might be required to use a chemical treatment, given the number of birds in the house.

4. Parakeet Worms

These disgusting parasites are found in the feces of sick birds. Your veterinarian will provide multiple doses of medication to kill the worms and any residual eggs.


Make sure to look closely at your parakeet to notice when he’s having a regular scratch or excessive scratching, which might result from illness or infection.

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Lizzy Ashton

Lizzy Ashton

Hi, my name is Lizzy Ashton, and I’m from Louisiana.
I consider myself an expert when it comes to raising parakeets and have been doing it for many years now. I’m 32 years old, live with my boyfriend, and together, we have 7 parakeets at home.
Our home is full of light and greenery, which my birds love. We even let them fly around the house (windows closed, of course)!

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