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    Pionus and dander

    Does anyone know if, compared to other birds, pionus are low- or high-dander birds? I've just been curious about that.

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    Re: Pionus and dander

    Compared to most birds pionus are danderless. I'm not just talking about parrot species either. Hleathy pionus should have feathers that feel slightly waxy to the touch. The ones I've had I would call danderless. I recommend them to people who want a parrot but are affected by allergies. My cousin Jim can't walk into my house without his eyes watering up and having the onset of an asthma attack (Too's and Tiels are the kings and queens of dust) but he has a max that he is fine with.

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    Re: Pionus and dander

    Really? When I hold Martin in front of sunlight and scritch him I can see lots of dust coming up and he seems to have quite a bit of it. He's perfectly healthy, on a good diet, etc. When he preens he ends up with lots of little bits of dust on him and when he shakes, it's all over! Granted he seems like he's been going through molting phases for the last 4 months or so, with a small break in there.

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    Re: Pionus and dander

    Hmm, dunno Dan. I've never had a white-capped so my info might not apply to them but I have had Max, Blue Crown, and Bronze Wings in the past and all of them I would say were pretty dander free, other than when molting as you say your's is. How often does your bird get a good shower or bath, if I might ask? Mine were showered every other day and misted on the no shower days ?

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    Re: Pionus and dander

    About once a week. He doesn't like showers very much.

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    Re: Pionus and dander

    I bath my Blue Head every day and she will still sometimes give off a little dusty cloud when she shakes hard enough. But she doesn't leave a white spot on me like my friend's Cockatoo!
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    Kin-ja: White faced pied Cockatiel
    Takio: Java Rice Finch
    Kira: Border Collie/German Pointer mix
    Baley: Greyhound
    And a large assorment of Koi fish!

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    Re: Pionus and dander

    If I'm wearing a black shirt and he goes on me, I'm left with big white marks on it!

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    Re: Pionus and dander

    how funny. i've never noticed that in any pi i know.

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    Re: Pionus and dander

    Which one haven't you noticed, Dani? No dust or no waxy feeling feathers ? All the pionus I've owned had feathers that felt, umm, waxy? glossy? (not sure how to accurately describe it? ) like an amazon only a lil waxier/glossier?

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    Re: Pionus and dander

    Dan, if your pi doesnt like more than an occasional shower, which a few of mine are guilty of also, try a feather conditioner. I use a spray called AviRain. It helps keep the dust levels down on 2 of our tiels that abhor showers and think bathing dishes are simply there to wash their food in, lol.

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    Re: Pionus and dander

    I think if Saba didn't love showers so much she'd be dusty. But if I take a shower and she is not invited I have a very angery bird on my hands! She does also feel waxy to the touch, not soft like my Tiel.

    Wet Turkey! This is how wet she likes to get when we shower.

    Currently Owned by:

    Saba: Blue Headed Pionus
    Kin-ja: White faced pied Cockatiel
    Takio: Java Rice Finch
    Kira: Border Collie/German Pointer mix
    Baley: Greyhound
    And a large assorment of Koi fish!

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