Just for fun - Does your Pionus smell?
Posted 03 April 2004 - 07:12 PM
when we first adopted our Maxi Pi, I could not believe how stinky she was - i even thought that maybe something was wrong with her, that she might have a yeast infection or something. Then, i learned that Pionus naturally have a musky smell to them. Greatly relieved that it wasn't health related, but annoyed that our new bird has constant B.O!
My boyfriend (it's his bird really) says he doesn't even notice it anymore, but I still do. I guess it's a lot stronger to me after i've been sniffing my neutral smelling Senegal all day.
So is there anything you guys do to try to keep the smell down? showers, different foods?
Posted 03 April 2004 - 09:08 PM
Noel usually smells like whatever greens I have just fed her, and the worst, IMO, are peanuts. I hate 'em, she loves 'em! lol She's smelled like oranges, apples, broccoli, and many other fresh foods.
Posted 03 April 2004 - 09:44 PM
Jeepers though, the smell comes from her skin/pores etc so even if she's just eaten a sweet apple, she still smells musky. We give her about 2 showers a week, 3 if she lets us. she smells ok afterwards, but the next day - still there. Plus, she's pretty addicted to pellets right now.
i've heard one person with a pionus have her boyfriend describe it as "old pee, like at the beach" LoL
Posted 03 April 2004 - 11:10 PM
I remember a story of where someone bought a lory, and when they first bought the bird, the bird smelled sweet like nector. They were not feeding the bird the same food as it was fed at the store, so the bird smelled differently and they prefered the sweet smell, so they added to the lories diet and got him to start smelling sweet again...
So a change in diet, if you can, may change the way she smells. Try smelling the bag of pellets and see if she smells anything similar to them, as pellets usually have some smell to them...
It may be a natural smell, but it is most likely effected by what the bird does eat, as well.
Posted 04 April 2004 - 02:59 AM
I know every once in awhile, Archer will get kinda smelly under his wings... that's when it's definitely bath time!
Posted 04 April 2004 - 06:11 AM
Posted 05 April 2004 - 04:37 AM
lemme know what you think!
LoL Lynda - maybe one day i'll join the club as well!
Posted 05 April 2004 - 06:21 AM
Posted 05 April 2004 - 07:50 AM
I told my man he can buy me a Maxi anytime! He said I could have one if I get rid of the budgie and the cockatiel (the meanie!)... but that won't happen. He loves the GCs because they're so animated and "parrot-like" lol. He actually held a Maxi once, and fell in love too... So, it's just a matter of time...
Posted 06 April 2004 - 01:36 AM
Posted 24 May 2004 - 05:25 PM
Proud Momma of a Cockateil, Senegal, Bronze Winged Pionus, Caique & Double Yellow Amazon
Posted 16 March 2005 - 08:59 AM
Yes, pionus has a different smell than most other parrots.
But you get used to it, and I too love to stick my nose deep into his neck feathers. That is a soft spot for me LOL. And to be honest. Sometimes he smells worse than a skunk (thank you Tammy for that analogy). When that happens, it's time for a bath - wheter he wants or not.
"Ford, you are turning into a penguine. Stop it!"
Posted 09 April 2005 - 05:13 AM
Posted 22 April 2005 - 02:44 AM
Detour, Pandora, Bianca and Darwin - the cockatiels
Pickle - the squawker-- I mean, quaker!
Biff and Buffy - plum headed parakeets
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