I have a reverse osmosis water purifier and have been using that water to mist my macaw. She is a habitual plucker, and has been for years before I adopted her about 2 years ago. Her plucking has slowed down but she still does here and there.. Sometimes it's obvious new pin feathers bother her when a bunch are coming in at the same time in the same area, and these obviously irritate her, and she will end up plucking them. I use a humidifier next to the cage (avian vets recommendation) to help reduce dryness of her skin, and I also try and bath her frequently.
My question about the bath water- it is demineralized (reverse osmosis, similar to distilled water) and thus has no calcium, magnesium, carbonates, bicarbonates, etc that are normally found in water (although I supposed rainwater would be considered demineralized as well). Being demineralized, it also has a lower pH: it measures about 6.0 instead of 7.0 or above with minerals. Does anyone know how this would effect her skin/feathers? I'm wondering if I should just run the water through activated carbon (which would removed chlorine and other nasty chemicals, but leave the minerals). Which one would be better for skin conditioning?
Thanks for any insight!
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